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Queens Spotlight:
Community Organizing Responses to COVID-19

 

Queens Spotlight was launched in April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time of incredible hardship and severe shifts in how society functions, we are continually inspired by the resourcefulness, responsiveness and resilience of Queens community members. In this series we highlight community organizing work and hope to provide insight into the vitality of this work within our borough during the pandemic.

 

John Wang, Founder, Queens Night Market

 

Gianina Enríquez and Niceli Portugal, Founders, Escuelita en casa

 

Meral Agish, Community Coordinator at Queens Memory Project

 

Mohamed Q. Amin, Founder and Executive Director, Caribbean Equality Project

 

Juan Restrepo, Queens Organizer, Transportation Alternatives

 

Lena Pervez Afridi, Director of Policy, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development

 

Ceyenne Doroshow, Founder and Executive Director, G.L.I.T.S. Inc.

 

Saeeda L. Dunston, Executive Director, ELMCOR Youth and Adult Activities Inc.

 

Rashmi Luthra, Director of Programs, Queens and Brooklyn, Sakhi for South Asian Women

 

Deborah Herrand, Art Teacher at IS125, Woodside

 

Aleeia Abraham, Founder, BlaQue Resource Network

 

Mateo Guerrero, TGNCIQ Lead Organizer, Make the Road New York

 

Seonae Byeon, Lead Housing Organizer, MinKwon Center for Community Action

 

Zakera Ahmed, Supervisory Partnership Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau

 

Narbada Chhetri, Director of Organizing & Programs, Adhikaar

 

Tecumseh Ceaser, Artist and Cultural Consultant of the Matinecock Tribal Nation

 

Rebecca Pryor, Program Coordinator, Guardians of Flushing Bay

 

Kim Calichio, Trained Chef and Founder, The Connected Chef

 

Aminta Kilawan-Narine, Founder and Director, South Queens Women’s March

 

Leticia Ochoa, Queens Organizer, Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center

 

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