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Clean and Green

in the garden with neighborhood children

I started working with the Jackson Heights Beautification Group (JHBG) over a decade ago, when my now-teenaged kids were young toddlers.  Like many immigrant families, my family moved from country to county and then city to city. Because of this, it was difficult to feel like part of a community and so, when I began raising… 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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In Response to Questions about my Profession, my Activism and my Family

I have been posting useful information on this [jhfamilies] listserv for a decade and have tried to keep politics to a minimum. However, several posters have made wild assumptions about my legal career, community service, and activism, so I wanted to respond. For almost 20 years, I have worked daily to make this a better… 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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The NY Health Act – If Not Now, When?

COVID-19 taught us all a valuable yet heartbreaking lesson, the health of our neighbors and people we come into daily contact with, can impact our own health. Healthcare is a human right. Everyone deserves to have the best care. We need to pass the New York State of Health Act (A.5248a, S.3577a) now. It’s past… Read more »

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NY Must Vote By Mail

New York must prepare now for the June 23, 2020 election—if it is held.  Since petitions were filed in March, two Board of Elections employees have died from the COVD virus.  Yesterday, we witnessed how the Wisconsin primary forced people to choose between safety and civic duty.New York State must allow anyone who wants to… Read more »

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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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Pass a Budget of Compassion

New York must pass a budget that is consistent with our values and our beliefs, we must pass a budget to fully fund our state now and leverage our resiliency, we must pass a budget of compassion. As I sit and write this, in Jackson Heights, Queens, with ambulances passing by my window en route… Read more »

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This is How We Fix Our MTA

I cannot explain why the MTA wants to devastate our bus service. The MTA promised us better, faster bus service to more destinations. However, under the Queens Bus Redesign – we are getting our service cut, our destinations cut, and our overnight service cut. Since this plan was released I, along with a group of… Read more »

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