The Rockaway Advocate

The Rockaway Advocate is a two-part project that gives RYTF members the opportunity to engage seriously with the media. The first part is the RYTF Blog. The online blog gives RYTF a chance to add to commentary on current events and related topics at an organizational level. The second part is a monthly newspaper written by RYTF youth with the support of RYTF staff. Both projects serve to give members and organizers a platform to dissect and share information in our community through a structured program. The program also allows RYTF youth to gain useful skills in journalism and reporting. If you are interested in learning more or writing for The Rockaway Advocate, please contact

A Letter To My Son

May 2, 2017

Dear Adrian, When I found out that I was going to be a father, I knew my life was going to change, but aside from the obvious responsibilities that come…

“Get Out” Movie Review

March 13, 2017

***This post contains spoilers about “Get Out” (surprise, surprise). If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I suggest that you head to your nearest theater ASAP and watch it, then come…

Black Lives Matter Demonstration at Scholars’ Academy

March 9, 2017

Black Lives Matter Demonstration at Scholars’ Academy Queens, New York— On Friday, March 10, 2017, students participated in a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration at Scholars’ Academy in Queens, NY.…

Celebrating Black History and Excellence in Advocacy: Bayard Rustin

February 22, 2017

As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s easy for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks to take center stage. While all three individuals deserve every bit…

Remembering the Life of Johanna Gregory

February 14, 2017

RYTF is saddened by the unexpected passing of Johanna Gregory. Ms. Gregory was the Tenant Association President of the Hammel Houses Resident Association in Rockaway. In this position, Ms. Gregory…

Celebrating Black History and Excellence in Advocacy: Sojourner Truth

February 13, 2017

In 1851, Isabella Baumfree, self-named Sojourner Truth, addressed a Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio in defense of women from theological attacks by a group of ministers. Her famous quote…

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