Congratulations to the leaders of two Community-Based Planning Task Force Member organizations, Peggy Shepard of West Harlem Environmental Action (WeACT), and Alexie Torres-Fleming of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, this year’s recipients of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal.
The Rockefeller Foundation created the award in 2007 to, “recognize visionary work in building a more diverse, dynamic and equitable city through creative uses of the urban environment. ” Shepard will receive the Medal for Lifetime Leadership. She co-founded WeACT in 1988, and since then has worked on issues of environmental justice in the Harlem community. Torres-Fleming will receive the Medal for New Ideas and Activism. She has been an activist for the South Bronx since 1992, and founded YMPJ in 1994. YMPJ works to empower youth through faith, activism, arts, education/tutoring, health, and community-based planning. Each will receive $100,000. The Medals will be awarded at a ceremony on September 8th at the Morgan Library.