Posts in Activism
Rockaway Land, Food & Health

Far Rockaway is a federally-labeled food desert, meaning that residents do not have consistent access to fresh fruits and vegetables or healthy food options. Lack of income can make it even more difficult for residents to navigate a food desert. Especially on a peninsula where the median income is $29,000, the cheapest option available is often the least healthy choice.


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RYTF Update: Joining the Urban Youth Collaborative

RYTF joined UYC in December of 2017, and since then the organization has participated in many more reform activities. We have participated in multiple town halls with UYC (and even with the Mayor), and rallies, a gala, planning committees, and retreats with fellow organizations.

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Showing Pride From NYC to Far Rockaway

On June 24th, New York City celebrated Pride with a massive, intensely joyful parade of more than 40,000 LGBTQ+ people and allies marching together. In a sea of rainbow flags, almost 2 million people attended the parade to reclaim their space and be unapologetically themselves. Over 450 organizations, companies and community representatives came together to create the day of celebration, solidarity, visibility and resistance.

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Report: Racial Disparities in School Discipline

According to federal data released on April 24, black students faced higher rates of suspension, expulsion, and arrest than their white classmates.The Civil Rights Data Collection, which contains detailed information for the 2015-2016 school year on more than 96,000 public schools, offers more evidence that young people of color face harsher discipline than their white counterparts.

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Rockaway Pipeline Project Delayed

The saga continues as the fight to shut down The Williams Companies' Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, which aims to place a 23-mile pipeline just south of the Marine Parkway Bridge that would extend to Raritan Bay, New Jersey, brings new developments. On Friday, April 20th, TWC had a critical water quality permit for their pipeline denied, however, the battle is nowhere near over. Citizens of Rockaway will have an opportunity to publicly express how they feel about the pipeline tomorrow, April 26th, in Brooklyn in Brooklyn at The Best Western Gregory Hotel (8315 4th ave.) from 5-9 pm.

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Rockaway Local Tamera Jacobs Honored By The Root

The Root is an online magazine devoted to black culture, politics, and news. Each year they select 25 young people under the age of 25 that have made significant differences in their communities in a variety of capacities.

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