Bronx youth rallied outside of Yankee Stadium this afternoon, just hours before the All-Star Game was scheduled to start, calling for more and better jobs and emphasizing the stark contrast between the billion dollar new Yankee Stadium and the daily lives of mostly poor Bronxites.
More than 20 youth from the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC)’s Sistas and Brothas United advocacy arm were joined by speakers from the Urban Justice Center, the Retailers Union and the Fordham Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Media outlets and local politicians have been saying the “Bronx is Booming” over the past year, in build up to tonight’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. Indeed, there is significantly less crime and more development than 31 years ago, when the Yankees last hosted the Midsummer Classic. Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. released a short report to media outlets today emphasizing these changes.
But the resurgence, which includes the Yankees’ controversial new billion-dollar stadium, has not translated to living wage jobs or improved public education, according to a new report [PDF] published by the Urban Justice Center and the NWBCCC.
“We want jobs and need them,” said Stephanie Ventura, an 18-year-old from Fordham. “A lot of 14 and 15-year-olds need to help their parents in the house and pay the rent.”