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Voting By Absentee Ballot

There’s so much going on, it can be easy to forget about voting. But now more than ever, we need representation that will fight for the things our community needs. This June there will be a pivotal democratic primary. For years, the Queens Democratic machine made sure we had no choice, if we went to… Read more »

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COVID Care Neighbor Network–What We’ve Done

I believe in community and building it has been something I’ve been doing most of my life. When a community comes together for a common cause, seemingly insurmountable problems can be solved or mitigated. The way our neighbors have been supporting each other through COIVD-19 has been awe-inspiring and written about here. COVID Care Neighbor Network (CCNN) started… Read more »

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We Need to Scale Back the NYPD and Change Our Policing Priorities

Demonstrators at a park holding up signs

The brutal killing of George Floyd has rattled the country. Ever since video cameras captured the beating of Rodney King back in 1991, we have seen countless people of color killed by police officers. These deaths sicken me and make me angry, as they do much of our country. We have had enough. The question… Read more »

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors — COVID Care Mutual Aid

As the story itself says–“It all began with a Post-it Note”; it then became a mutual aid network led by Nuala O’Doherty-Naranjo, who put her AD 34 campaign on hold to set this up, that has organized over 700 volunteers, delivered 800 bags of groceries and helped 1,000 neighbors. QNS.com has a story on this… Read more »

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Spotlight on hunger in NYC

NPR had a story on hunger in NYC, with a spotlight on a case study in Jackson Heights that was helped out by the COVID Care Neighbor Network

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The COVID Care Network Masks Up

Table with colorful homemade masks on it.

The COVID Care Network, organized by community leader Nuala O’Doherty-Naranjo, pitched in on the mask shortage by sewing masks at home. Masks sewn by COVID Care Network member Katie Cole. Queens Eagle covered it here.

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School meal program expanded to adults during COVID crisis

Mayor Bill Deblasio at press conference regarding adult meals

The closing of NYC schools as a COVID precaution also involved arrangements for students to pick up meals to substitute for the ones they may have depended upon when the schools were open. These was expanded to adults but, as Nuala points out in this article, not to every school it needs to be in.

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Queens Residents Need Breathing Room

sign and barrier, closing 34th Ave. to traffic for social distancing.

Nuala advocates for pedestrian streets to be established in every neighborhood. Such streets create more space for social distancing and a space for us all to breathe. We should close some streets in every neighborhood to cars and let our neighbors out of their apartments to breathe free while keeping a safe physical distance. 

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