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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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