Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, South Bronx Unite, and Northwest Bronx Community Clergy Coalition Featured as Bronx “Movers and Shakers,” Reported by City & State

Posted on September 24, 2018

The 2018 Bronx Power 50; 11-50

Originally Published in City and State NY on September 23, 2018
By City & State

For a borough that had been all but abandoned for decades, the Bronx is bouncing back. It has new infrastructure projects in the works, major real estate developments underway and increasing attention from City Hall and in Albany. In this special feature, we take a closer look at the lesser-known – but no less influential – movers and shakers in the Bronx. Since we cover politicians on a day-to-day basis, we limited this list to those who are not strictly in government but instead influence it from the outside.

Sandra Lobo runs the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, a member-led grass-roots social justice organization that was founded in 1974. The organization seeks economic and racial justice, with initiatives targeting health care, energy policy and economic development. Lobo has been an outspoken proponent of affordable housing and a living wage. Lobo served as the director of the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice at Fordham University and worked at the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Ironbound.

Mychal Johnson co-founded South Bronx Unite, a coalition advocating for the South Bronx. He sits on the boards of the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, the Mott Haven/Port Morris Community Land Stewards and the New York City Community Land Initiative. He serves on the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation’s Watershed Advisory Committee of the Harlem River Watershed and Natural Resources Management Plan. He was selected to attend the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit.

David Shuffler heads Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, an organization that has been dedicated to rebuilding the neighborhoods along the Bronx River and in the South Bronx for nearly a quarter century. The organization emphasizes political education and organizing, as well as youth and community – and spiritual – development. Shuffler’s organization, which is part of the South Bronx River Watershed Alliance, has also been outspoken about the need to overhaul the Sheridan Expressway.

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