About

No Spray Coalition Board of Directors

*Mitchel Cohen, Coordinator
*Valerie Sheppard (R.I.P.)
*Jennifer Jager, Treasurer
*Cathryn Swan, Media Coordinator
Afrime Derti-Ottoway
Robert Lederman
Maris Abelson
Curtis Cost
Annette Averette
Howard Brandstein
Aton Edwards
* Member of Executive Committee

What began in 1999 as a tiny, isolated grassroots struggle in New York City against the spraying of Malathion to kill mosquitoes said to be carrying West Nile Virus has become a major effort with nation-wide consequences. Today, we align ourselves with many similar grassroots groups across the country and are inspired by their work. We share information, send our members to participate in anti-pesticide struggles elsewhere, and post their work to the NoSpray Coalition website.

Along the way, we have achieved numerous victories, such as

  • blocking multi-million dollar contracts to pesticide spraying corporations;
  • winning state-imposed fines of millions of dollars against a major contractor for poisoning its workers (thanks to the great work of the New York Environmental Law and Justice Project); and,
  • basically making the dangers of pesticides known to the vast number of people living in the New York metropolitan area.

And much, much more.

In the summer of 2000, the No Spray Coalition, Inc. filed a lawsuit as lead plaintiff against the New York City government (headed by then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani) to stop the pesticides spraying. Co-plaintiffs were:

  • No Spray Coalition, Inc.
  • National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides, Inc. (now “Beyond Pesticides”)
  • Disabled in Action, Inc.
  • Save Organic Standards – New York (by its president, Howard Brandstein)
  • Valerie Sheppard
  • Mitchel Cohen
  • Robert Lederman
  • Eva Yaa Asantewaa

In 2005, federal court Judge Daniels ruled in favor of the Plaintiffs with regard to the main claim in interpreting the Clean Water Act. In 2007, NYC — the No Spray Coalition negotiated a stipulated Agreement with NYC (under a new Dept. of Health leadership). You can find those very important documents, including the all-important settlement agreement, on this website under “No Spray Lawsuit” — just click on that header, above. A number of other lawsuits across the country have found them to be very helpful.

Also, please download flyers from this site on the dangers of pesticide spraying and against the application of DEET and GLYPHOSATE, especially on children (DEET should never be used on children). Find informative scientific articles linking pyrethroids with breast cancer and dramatically lowered sperm counts. Please share (and send in more info!) on the alternative and non-toxic ways to address these issues. And, read our critique of the hysteria being orchestrated, first around West Nile, then Anthrax, SARS, Smallpox, Avian Flu and more, all “addressed” by officials who call in some cases for “quarantine camps” (Halliburton has already built them), more spraying, and mass inoculations as their answer, while ignoring the huge dangers of pesticides to people, animals, and the natural environment.

We can’t stress enough how important even a small contribution would be at this time. Thank you so much.

PayPal to Donate@NoSpray.org, or click on the “donate” button for credit cards. You may also send a check to:

No Spray Coalition
c/o Mitchel Cohen
2652 Cropsey Avenue, #7H
Brooklyn, NY 11214

*The No Spray Coalition is a not-for-profit organization registered with the State of New York, but it is not a 501-c-3; your contributions are NOT tax-deductible. However, if you wish to make a large contribution and deduct it from your taxes, please contact us beforehand.

We also want to acknowledge here those many wonderful initial organizers of this project who have since died — many from the effects of the pesticide spraying. We miss them all so very, very much and keep them dear in our hearts. They continue to inspire our thoughts and actions (and thinking of them and what they sacrificed just breaks us up in tears, and sometimes remembering them they make us laugh as well):

Valerie Sheppard (founding member & co-Treasurer)
Connie Holland
Bryna Eill
Frieda Zames
Grandpa Al Lewis
Ralph Klaber
Mike Pahios
Saralee Hamilton
Maria Kuriloff
Susan Blake

4 thoughts on “About

  1. HI- I just came across your site and wanted to thank you for all the research and information. I’m in Jacksonville, FL and we are getting aerial sprayed with Naled. It’s criminal. We also have neighborhood foggers come through with permethrin. The city sends the fog trucks out if someone in the neighborhood calls and complains about mosquitos. I was asked to not have my yard sprayed and watched the truck blaze by my house at 10:30. It’s UNREAL.

    A group of concerned citizens are just in the process of unifying to stop this here in Jax. We have some connections at the local political level (we live at the beach) we’re hoping to ban aerial spraying throughout the city, but will start our fight at the beach and grow.

    I have never lead anything like this, and could use ANY suggestions.

    Many thanks for your time.

    Concerned citizen,
    Caitlin

    Our FB page is Citizens against organophosphates- Jacksonville

    PS- used to live in NYC and am shocked/ deeply saddened to read some of your articles.

  2. INVITATION TO TESTIFY AT NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL HEARING ON PESTICIDE USE

    INVITATION

    You are cordially invited to a public hearing of the New York City Council Committee on Health on “Pesticide Use by City Agencies” including Introduction 800 of 2015 banning the use of chemical pesticides on City owned or leased property on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 10:00AM in the Council Chambers at City Hall, New York, NY 10007.

    LEGISLATION

    Pesticides in parks would be limited by this legislation, which would require that the city use only biological pesticides, derived from natural materials, instead of synthetic, traditional pesticides — except under necessary circumstances.

    The EPA maintains that biological pesticides tend to be less toxic and safer than synthetic pesticides. Biopesticides are often more narrowly targeted to eliminate the desired pest, rather than affecting a broad range of organisms. According to the EPA, they are also often effective in small amounts and quickly decompose, making less of an environmental impact than synthetic pesticides. The City’s most heavily used liquid herbicide is Roundup, which they sprayed 1,365 times in 2013, according to a Health Department Report. Studies have indicated that Roundup is particularly harmful to children’s health.

    The legislation is available at http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2324740&GUID=8FCE5F72-F177-4F05-9417-DC43C1479D26

    TESTIMONY

    Public hearings range in length from one to four hours. The Administration, experts, and members of the public are invited to present testimony split in to panels in favor or against. Experts and members of the public reading testimony are often limited to two minutes, though written testimony can be of any length and is submitted into the official record. If you plan to testify in person, please bring twenty (20) double-sided copies of your written testimony. Testimony may also be submitted for the official record within 24 hours of the hearing. Experts and members of the public are often asked questions following the panel’s testimony.

    RSVP

    Please share that you can testify by reply to Policy@BenKallos.com.

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