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