Luis Garden Acosta, a prominent environmental justice advocate and founder of the Brooklyn-based human rights group El Puente, died Tuesday night. He was 73.Image result for el puente founder

Born in Fort Greene in 1945 to a Puerto Rican mother and Dominican father, Garden Acosta rose to prominence in the ‘80s after founding El Puente to curb gang violence in Williamsburg.

The group went on to help found the Latino Commission on AIDS, the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance and successfully pushed to end the bombing in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

 

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