FJAR is pleased to announce that Mariposa has joined the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land, a coalition of nearly 50 organizations that have come together to pass a fair, transparent and accountable land bank law in Philadelphia that would give local communities greater control over vacant land. A land bank is a public entity that converts vacant, abandoned, and tax delinquent properties into productive use, such as community gardens, affordable housing and new businesses.
There are approximately 40,000 vacant lots and buildings in Philadelphia, including many in
Mariposa’s neighborhood that could be put to productive use meeting urgent community needs.
Mariposa’s mission is “to provide residents of West Philadelphia and beyond with access to and information about food, especially healthy, locally-grown or otherwise sustainably-produced products.” A strong, community-driven land bank law will help communities in Philadelphia meet their own food needs by making vacant land accessible for community food production in the form of community gardens and farms. By joining the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land, Mariposa is also working to promote healthy and stable communities because a land bank could make land available for green space, affordable housing and businesses.
As a member of the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land, Mariposa will work with our coalition partners to push for the passage of a land bank bill (#130156) that is currently pending before the Philadelphia City Council. The land bank bill cleared a key hurdle last month when it was voted out of committee. The next step is for the bill to be voted on by the full Council.
Please call your Council person and ask them to vote YES on the Land Bank Bill (#130156) in
its current form. Click on this link (http://philadelphiacitycouncil.net/council-members/) to find your council person’s contact information.
If you are a Mariposa member and would like to support Mariposa’s work with the
Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land, or are interested in learning more about the Campaign
to Take Back Vacant Land or other FJAR projects, please contact Matthew Goodro (firstname.lastname@example.org).
By Member-Owners and FJAR Members Ariel Morales and Matthew Goodro