ACTIVISM

 

Ten years ago, during a hiatus from music, Arthur Kell became a highly influential activist in New York in an intense environmental battle that gripped the city and many other areas around the nation: stopping garbage incinerators in favor of recycling. Arthur's decisive role in this battle is described in three chapters of a new book by Benjamin Miller, "Fat of the Land."

(Read an excerpt from the book)

What started as a brief part-time job, turned unexpectedly into something much greater. Soon, Arthur and his many allies organized communities throughout the city to work together, most notably the Hasidic, Latino and African-American communities in Williamsburg and Fort Greene.

His extensive media work included appearances on Good Morning America, prime-time TV news interviews and the New York Times. Eventually, City Hall was beaten; all incinerator proposals were permanently stopped and a recycling program was a reality.