The Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance is a collaboration among three community-based and three city-wide organizations. Through consensus building among community stakeholders, SBRWA works toward a vision of the southern Bronx River watershed that includes a healthy environment, a prolific economy and a community that reaps the benefits of the river as a rich natural resource.
SBRWA 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.
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.
Sustainable South Bronx (SSB) is a community organization dedicated to the implementation of sustainable environmental and economic development projects that are informed by the needs of the community and the values of environmental justice. SSB sponsors development projects either alone or in collaboration with other community organizations, acting as a catalyst to stimulate sustainable development in the South Bronx by a variety of actors, including both nonprofit and for-profit entities that are committed to the principles of sustainability that community planning processes have established. SSB strives to be the instrument through which community visions become realities, fostering sustainable development informed by a community-driven agenda.
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. Our mission is to partner with youth in our community to rebuild the neighborhoods of Bronx River and Soundview/Bruckner. We accomplish this by integrating critical education, the arts, community organizing, and wellness in our daily programming. In 1996 our 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 initiatives including restoring the Bronx River and parkland in the community, and establishing a Human Rights Zone for community based policing of the neighborhood.
SBRWA City-Wide Member Organizations
New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYCEJA) is a coalition of 13 grass roots community organizations working on environmental justice issues in low income communities of color in New York City. Founded in 1991, NYCEJA has grown into a major force on open space, solid waste, air pollution, transportation and other environmental issues basic to life in the city’s neighborhoods.
The Pratt Center for Community Development is the oldest university-based advocacy planning organization in the United States. Established in 1963, PICCED’s mission is one of working for social, economic and environmental justice by empowering communities to realize their future. PICCED 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.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is an alliance of public interest, transit advocacy, planning and environmental organizations working to promote sensible transportation policies in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut metropolitan region. The Campaign marshals the talents of the region's most effective environmental and transportation policy watchdogs into a dynamic combination of community and campaign organizing, technical analysis, and media and legal advocacy.