The Rockaway Advocate

The Rockaway Advocate magazine is a citizen journalism project of the Rockaway Youth Task Force based out of Far Rockaway, Queens. In addition to being the only black-led newspaper in Rockaway, the Rockaway Advocate is also a youth program that combines local advocacy with youth development. In today’s world, rarely does mainstream media offer youth of color a platform to tell their own stories and those of their communities. These stories are often ignored, misrepresented, or marginalized. At the Rockaway Advocate, we are changing that narrative.

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January 3, 2021

RYTF takes all allegations of harm seriously, especially those of sexual harm. As an organization primarily composed of young women of color, there is absolutely no place for any woman…

George Floyd’s Murder: The Response

August 6, 2020

“Please I can’t breathe. My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts. They’re going to kill me.” These were the last words of 46-year old George Floyd, a Black man…

NYC Budget Cuts

August 6, 2020

In early April, Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to implement cuts for the 2020-2021 New York City budget. Programs that received drastic cuts were education, transportation, and social services. The…

Rockaway’s Failing Census Count

August 6, 2020

The 2020 census count has reported an undercount in self-response rates, especially in communities of color and communities with high immigration populations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many cities are…

The Need For Food Sovereignty In Rockaway

August 6, 2020

The roots of Urban Farming in Black communities are deep and stretch across generations. Unfortunately, due to racism, discrimination, and socio-economic violence, that relationship has dissipated in recent decades. The…

The Disparities Of Covid-19 In The Rockaways

August 6, 2020

COVID-19 is not Rockaway’s first disaster, but its impact is harming our community. When disaster strikes New York, Far Rockaway inevitably ends up on the tragic list of hardest-hit neighborhoods.…