Right to Breathe Mobilization on May 7, 2016

We believe that all people have the right to breathe. On Saturday, May 7th we’re reclaiming that right with bold, historic, and dignified action.

Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition joins Philly Thrive, Action United, and many organizations and individuals in taking a stand for climate justice. We’re not alone–we’re acting alongside thousands across the world in 350.org’s week of action to “Break Free from Fossil Fuels.”

All across the world, people are standing up for healthy communities and a livable planet. Meet on May 7th, 1:00 pm, at 28th Street and Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia for a family-friendly Right to Breathe rally, with free snacks and music. From there we’ll walk a short distance to the oil refinery, standing for environmental, economic, and social justice in Philadelphia and around the world.

The Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery in South Philadelphia causes toxic air emissions across the city. The refinery’s pollution impacts low-income neighborhoods and communities of color the worst. We believe that sustainable, renewable energy must be a focus for our future, not fossil fuels.

For more information about the march, see website: http://www.righttobreathe2016.org/.

Right to Breathe Mobilization Flyer 2016-0507



Cobbs Creek Cleanup Success

Eastwick’s first Cobbs Creek Cleanup on Saturday April 23,2016 was a great success! Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition partnered with Darby Creek Valley Association to initiate this new cleanup site in Eastwick as part of the 32nd annual Darby-Cobbs Watershed Cleanup.

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Earl Wilson, board member for both organizations, spearheaded the initiative, with assistance from Debbie Beer, Ramona Rousseau-Reid, and David Bennett. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s office provided strong support in promoting the event, and staffing on-site volunteers.

On the rainy Saturday morning, volunteers met at the Cobbs Creek park entrance on 78th Street near Saturn Place, donned gloves and vests, and tromped gamely up the trail. Working at strategic, staked-out spots, volunteers filled dozens of bags with trash, while learning about tidal waters, local birds, and healthy habitats. After much mud and hard work, volunteers enjoyed meeting new friends and munching fresh apples.

The Cobbs Creek Cleanup site is a short walk upstream from the Clearview Landfill, where Eastwick residents and stakeholders are actively engaged in a Community Advisory Group (CAG) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to remediate the landfill – a multi-year process.

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Eastwick is situated at the lower end of the 80-square-mile Darby-Cobbs Watershed, receiving trash and stormwater run-off from dozens of upstream towns, and ceaseless tidal waters. Darby Creek empties into the mighty Delaware River after flowing through the Tinicum marsh of nearby John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Our regional rivers provide essential environmental, economic and cultural resources to people and wildlife; the Darby-Cobbs Watershed Cleanup is an important endeavor in working towards a safe, healthy community for everyone.

We extend our deep gratitude and appreciation to everyone involved in Eastwick’s first Cobbs Creek Cleanup – a great way to celebrate Earth Day 2016!

Calling all Volunteers for Cobbs Creek Cleanup

Grab friends, family members and community groups and join us at the COBBS CREEK CLEANUP on April 23, 2016, at 9:00 am. Meet at 78th Street and Saturn Place, near Penrose Elementary School, Philadelphia PA 19153. Street parking is available on 78th Street.

We’ll pick-up trash in the park along Darby Creek during this Earth Day initiative, making a difference in the Darby-Cobbs Watershed- an important environmental and community resource.

Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and prepare to get dirty cleaning up!  Gloves and trash bags provided. FREE drinks and snacks, too!

This Cobbs Creek Cleanup is part of the 32nd annual Darby-Cobbs Watershed Cleanup, organized by Darby Creek Valley Association. Volunteers are much appreciated, as community participation has a big impact!

If you have any questions or need more information, email EastwickFNC@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning!


Green City-Clean Waters Survey Responses Needed

The Philadelphia Water Department is trying to gain insight on the public’s perception of Green City, Clean Waters. Green City, Clean Waters is Philadelphia’s plan to manage stormwater pollution entering our creeks and rivers through the use of green infrastructure. They are asking all to complete a short survey about the program. You do not need to be familiar with the plan or green stormwater infrastructure to participate in this survey.

Survey Link: http://gccw.survey.questionpro.com

The data gathered is important for developing and implementing strategies manage stormwater throughout the city. Responses from Eastwick and southwest Philadelphia are especially encouraged, as we are located at the lower end of the Darby-Cobbs Creek Watershed, meeting up with the Delaware River Watershed.

The survey deadline has been extended to April 4, 2016.  EFNC encourages all to participate. Water is an ever-present and a vital component of our community’s environmental, economic, and social well-being. Innovative stormwater management benefits everyone!


The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete, and is confidential and anonymous. Contact Hailey Stern, Philadelphia Water Department Outreach Specialist, athailey.stern@phila.gov or at 267-625-0280 with any questions.

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