In 1999 the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance (SBRWA) formed to work for the removal of the Sheridan Expressway and the transformation of the South Bronx into a model of sustainable land use, environmental justice, and economic viability as a response to the New York State Department of Transportation’s (NYSDOT) harmful proposal to expand the Sheridan Expressway. SBRWA is comprised of four Bronx-based organizations and two city-wide advocacy groups.
Community-based Member Organizations
Mothers on the Move (MOM) organizes residents of the South Bronx community around housing, education, and environmental justice issues. Since our founding in 1992, over 1,000 residents have become involved in various MOM campaigns to fight for change. We organize in the neighborhoods of Hunts Point, Sound View, West Farms, Morrisania, Longwood, Port Morris, and East Crotona. Our members are primarily low-income, Black and Latina women. Mothers on the Move is committed to a greener South Bronx with safe places for our children to play. This is a critical issue for neighborhoods that have less than 1 acre of greenspace for 1,000 people, one of the lowest rates in New York City, as well as one of the highest asthma rates in the country.
We Stay / Nos Quedamos is a nonprofit community development corporation comprised of residents and members of the local business community from the South Bronx, committed to preserving their voice and vision for their community and its future. We will promote, support, and advance ideas of healthy, sustainable growth, both for local communities and the larger society. Their goal is to develop an economically productive, sustainable, and healthy community. This vision is one that respects, supports and involves the existing community in the formulation of plans and policies that address the issues of housing, open space, community renewal and its sustainability.
The Point CDC is a Community Development Corporation (nonprofit organization 501(c)(3)) dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. The corporation works with its neighbors to celebrate the life and art of their community, an area traditionally defined solely in terms of its poverty, crime rate, poor schools, and substandard housing. They believe the area’s residents, their talents and their aspirations are The Point’s greatest assets. Our mission is to encourage the arts, local enterprise, responsible ecology, and self-investment in the Hunts Point community.
Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ) is a faith-based youth organization, developing the power and potential of young South Bronx residents through youth development and youth organizing. Their mission is to partner with youth in our community to rebuild the neighborhoods of Bronx River and Soundview/Bruckner. They accomplish this by integrating critical education, the arts, community organizing, and wellness in their daily programming. In 1996 its members surveyed the community and found that open space and policing were among the greatest concerns to our residents. Since then, YMPJ youth organizers and staff have worked to address community concerns through various initiatives, including restoring the Bronx River and parkland in the community, as well as establishing a Human Rights Zone for community based policing of the neighborhood.
The Pratt Center for Community Development is the oldest university-based advocacy planning organization in the United States. Established in 1963, Pratt Center’s mission is one of working for social, economic and environmental justice by empowering communities to realize their future. Pratt Center pursues it mission by making the professional skills of planners, architects, and urban development professionals available to community organizations to help them uproot poverty and achieve sustainable development in the New York City metropolitan region and beyond.
Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working toward a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.