Community Leader Endorsements

As a young person having grown up in the District, it’s more important to me to have endorsements of the pillars of the community who have come before me and paved the way. 


We stand on the shoulders of giants who have been doing this work for generations to improve our neighborhoods, and I’m honored to have their respect and support.  


I’m proudly endorsed by the following local community leaders:

Award-winning artist, writer, Bard Fellow, & former Artist-In-Residence at the Brooklyn Public Library, whose animated short film “A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” was nominated for an Emmy award. Molly's illustrative collaborations include: Jay Z, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and The ACLU.

Molly Crabapple

Chair of Community Board 1 Womens’ Issues Committee, Founder & Director of the Williamsburg-based National Congress for Neighborhood Women, Co-Founder of the UN-backed Huairou Commission which has raised over 4 million dollars for grassroots international womens’ movements, and former Professor at Pratt and The New School.

Jan Peterson

Professor Emeritus at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center,  award-winning author of Zoned Out! Race, Displacement and City Planning in New York City, former senior planner with the City of New York and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, former lead planning and land use correspondent for Gotham Gazette, & recognized expert on city planning and land use issues.

Tom Angotti

Victims’ Advocate at Wykoff & Woodhull hospitals, who was responsible for the creation and passage of the New York State’s Safe Way Home Act; Lead plaintiff in Spiroff v. Exxon, which caused Exxon to be accountable and pay at least $25 million for its toxic dumping in Newtown Creek, estimated at more than twice the size of the Exxon-Valdez accident.

Deborah Spiroff

Brooklyn-based Puerto-Rican community and labor activist.  

David Galarza Santa

President and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn.

Anthony Beckford

Renowned public-interest attorney, former Co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, and Counsel to the Broadway Triangle Coalition, which successfully stopped the Bloomberg and DeBlasio Administrations from discriminating against Black and Latino residents during affordable housing development; received the Risk Taker of the Year Award  from Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

Marty Needelman, Esq.

Co-founders of Citizens Defending Libraries, who fought against the sale of the Brooklyn Heights Library to real estate developers at severe discounts, Vice-Chair and Chair of WBAI, respectively, & longtime Brooklyn Heights activists.

Michael White & Carolyn McIntyre

Bushwick-based founder of Y.N.C.C.A., which operates a variety of mutual-aid functions, including assisting Hurricane Maria evacuees and displaced persons find stable housing.

Sonia Velasquez

Community activist in Southside Williamsburg, former DOE High School Social Studies teacher.

America Carlota Ruiz

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