Green the Block National Day of Service and Remembrance

Authors: yvonne Crossposted from Green the Block. On September 11, 2009 just over one-hundred Green the Block service events happened in 24 states. Green the Block partners joined together with their neighbors in various activities, including: community clean-ups in Brooklyn; green retrofitting of a 90-year-old community center in Chattanooga, Tennessee; and elementary students delivering cards made from recycled materials to the troops at Walter Reed U.S. Army Medical Center. The Green the Block events were in association with President Obama's United We Serve initiative for a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Green For All CEO, and Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., Hip hop Caucus President and CEO, co-authored "This 9/11, Urban Communities Remember and Serve," discussing the power and inspiration that this day represented. See some of the stories below, and check out more at the Green the Block blog. Nappy Roots and Gov Beshear come together to Green the Block in KY You know there is something different going on when in the great state of Kentucky, Gov Steve Beshear and the Nappy Roots are out together in Bowling Green on September 11 to remember and honor the victims of the 2001 attacks, and to look to acts of community service that promote Green Jobs as the imperative for a better future for this country. Green the Block in Washington DC Green the Block took shape in a few different ways in Washington, DC on 9/11. Early in the morning elementary students delivered cards for our injured troops at Walter Reed. Over at Ballou Senior High, seniors participated in a day-long educational and planning session to develop green projects to carry out and complete this semester. Later in the afternoon the National Wildlife Foundation worked with students at Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School to plant an urban garden. Greening the Block, Oakland Style In commemoration of 9-11, and in honor of First Lady Michelle Obama's "United We Serve" national day of service, Art in Action's CommuniTree Project organized a garden planting day behind our new green youth media center on Telegraph Ave. in Oakland, CA. The action was coordinated with hundreds of others in concert with the launch of "Green the Block," a new program of Green For All and the Hip Hop Caucus.

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