Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Running for Charity from Second Place in CG

Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2009 10:13 AM
Subject: Running for Charity

Hello Folks,

Happy New Year to all of you. Apologies for the group email. But I am running another marathon―Miami on January 25th (―and I am doing it for three incredibly worthy charities. One is Batonga, which provides education for girls in several countries throughout Africa, and is headed by the luminous Beninese singer Anjelique Kidjo. Another is the Green Belt Movement, headed by Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, which supports planting trees and women's empowerment. And the third is activist and writer Eve Ensler's campaign to help victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

I know these are very tough economic times, but I hope you will consider donating $26 (a buck a mile) to these three causes. Any more (or less) of course would be gratefully received. Luckily, the wonderful store ABC Carpet and Home has made it easy, by setting up a web page where you can find out about all three charities and the importance of protecting women and the planet and give to all three at once. Credit cards accepted. Here is the link:

The "Donate" button is in the bottom right hand corner. I have covered the cost of processing the credit cards, setting up the web page, and paying for the accounting, so all the money you give will go to the causes. Whether you can or cannot donate, please send this email (or the link) far and wide.

Finally, I attach a link to an extraordinary speech (PDF) by Canadian Stephen Lewis about the war against women that bears directly on all three of these charities.

With best wishes, and thanks so much for supporting these important causes. Looking to do 3 hrs 30 mins this time!

Martin (Rowe)

Martin Rowe
Lantern Books
128 Second Place, Garden Suite
Brooklyn, NY 11231-4102
Tel.: 212-414-2275 x 14
Fax: 212-414-2412


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........