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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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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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We Need Pandemic Food Stamps Now

Fresh connect food vouchers

After six weeks of answering calls from the COVID Care Neighbor Network hotline, it is clear what our neighbors need–GROCERIES. They do NOT need prepared meals or grab and go lunches. They want rice, beans, lentils, oil, onions, potatoes, fruit, cereal, milk, eggs, and vegetables. They want to be able to prepare dinner for their… Read more »

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Nuala in a WPIX story on NYC’s Open Streets program

It’s no secret that Nuala has been a long-standing safe streets advocate. In the context of COVID, that involves advocating giving New Yorker’s space to breathe at a safe distance. WPIX did a story after the mayor, in the face of the City Council pushing for exactly such a measure, announced his acquiescence in that…. Read more »

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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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Nuala and the COVID Care Network covered on NPR

Covid Care Neighbor Network

On March 28, NPR’s Scott Simon spoke to Nuala O’Doherty-Naranjo about the COVID Care Network she started with, as Scott Simon said, “a few Post-it notes slid under the doors of homes.” You can listen to it or read the transcript here.

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