Saturday, October 23, 2021. New York City – On Saturday, October 23, 2021, it was the “31st Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade” in Manhattan, New York City.
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“The Country’s Biggest Halloween Parade for Dogs Returns for the 31st Year to the East River Park Amphitheater,” say the organizers.
Although it is called “Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade”, the event was not in Tompkins Square Park but in the East River Park amphitheater, from 12 P. M. to 3 P. M.
Save East River Park
Democrat New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, Democrat Council Member Carlina Rivera, Democrat Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council, and other politicians want to demolish East River Park. The destruction of the park starts in October 2021.
The East River Park Action held the action “RIDE FOR THE PARK” to save East River Park. Land protectors met in Tompkins Square Park and ride their bikes to East River Park. They want to save the park.
On their Facebook page they say, “Members of the community disrupted the Halloween dog parade at the East River Park amphitheater and drew criticism. Is the city’s destruction of our park more onerous than disrupting the doggies in costume? How do we stop this disaster?”
Defenders of East River Park say on Twitter that they will have a “Halloween March for the Park” on Sunday, October 31, 2021, 12 P. M. They will meet at Tompkins Square Park and will march to East River Park Amphitheatre.
Land defenders say on their Instagram account, “We shamefully disrupted the Halloween dog costume parade held at the amphitheater that won’t be there next year for their dog parade.”
“Starting the week of November 1, 2021, phased work operations are scheduled to begin at East River Park. The City plans to clear-cut 1,000 mature trees, destroy this 50 acre biodiverse park, and remove Lower Manhattan’s only large public green space in plain sight. It’s a land grab. On Halloween we are marching in solidarity with Grantville on SI, Gowanus, Elizabeth Garden, Governors Island, and the fight to end CABBIE DEBT. We, the defenders of East River Park, have an important court date Wed. Oct. 27th that could be a game-changer in our struggle but in the meantime we are mobilizing. THIS IS IT. Show up for the FUN. March on Halloween in scary costume or not. March with us now and staaaaay. Bring your music, poems, song, dance, and speak-out for the rest of the day at East River Park Amphitheatre. We will bring food for all,” says East River Park Action.
They also say, “WE REFUSE ESCR (East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan). Monday, November 1, 2021, Sunrise. East River Park Amphitheatre. Details to come… take the day off and join us.”
New York City is Lenapehoking
Lenni-Lenape or Lenape Indigenous people are the original inhabitants of New York City. New York City is Lenapehoking (Homelands of the Lenape). East River Park is Lenape land.
Lenapehoking is translated as ‘Homelands of the Lenape’. Lenapehoking is a term for the lands historically inhabited by the Native American people known as the Lenni-Lenape or simply “Lenape” (named the Delaware people or Delaware Nation by early European invaders).
The Lenape Homeland included all of New Jersey, northern Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, and southeastern New York state. The Lenape people are still here. Return stolen lands to Indigenous people.
We Need a Green Plan, Not an Environmental Disaster
On their website eastriverparkaction.org land protectors say, “The city’s flood plan (East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan aka ESCR) for East River Park destroys 991 trees and 56 acres of biodiversity. They call it “saving lives”, we call it a violent appropriation of public lands, ECOCIDE (Alex Whiting of Harvard Law School in a proposal to the Hague defines Ecocide as a new kind of international crime “causing widespread, severe, or long-lasting damage to the environment…”)
ESCR is dangerous. By tearing down our only park and its 80-year-old trees that mitigatethe effects of climate change Lower Manhattan will be LESS SAFE and have LESS RESILIENCY in the future than we do now.”
“Soon, New York City will demolish our big, beloved park on the unwealthy side of the Lower East Side and East Village. Everything must go–shady lawns, picnic areas, ballfields, running track, amphitheater, the compost yard, historic buildings, and 1,000 trees.
The city is determined to go ahead with the massively destructive ESCR–East Side Coastal Resiliency project–even though there are alternatives that could preserve much of our park and provide flood control,” they say.
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