March 28 – Queens Documented: The Fight for Social Justice

Saturday, March 28 – Queens Documented presents stories of the fight for social justice


FLUSHING, NY — MAR 2015 — Queens Documented: The Fight for Social Justice, a storytelling

event honoring grassroots social justice movements in Queens, will take place on Saturday,

March 28, from 6:00-8:00pm at Latimer Historic House Museum (34-41 137th St, Flushing, NY,


This event celebrates our beautiful borough and raises awareness of the important work that’s

being done in Queens – and that needs to be done. Notable Queens activists John Choe, Mark

Levy, Tania Mattos, Monica Montgomery, and Pauline Park will share personal tales of their

struggles and triumphs in creating a more just and inclusive world. Following the performances, all

attendees are invited to respond and share anecdotes, memories, poems, and more in our open


Queens Documented: The Fight for Social Justice is part of LatimerNOW‘s Unconquerable Social

Justice Salon series. Highlighting the wonder of creativity, community and identity, LatimerNOW

celebrates African American inventor Lewis Latimer’s legacy as a community connector and

active citizen. Queens Documented brings together people of Queens and beyond, igniting

dialogue on the experiences that we as a society document and the myriad tales that go untold.


John Choe is the Executive Director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, which seeks to

foster the economic growth, inclusive diversity, and shared prosperity of greater Flushing through

advocacy, networking, and education. John previously served as Founding Director of the One

Flushing Community Economic Development Center, Director of Policy at the Office of the

Comptroller, Chief of Staff for District 20 in the New York City Council, and Director of Operations at

the Department of Finance. John also volunteers with the Flushing Interfaith Council, the Religious

Society of Friends, and Flushing Community Supported Agriculture.

Mark Levy, a retired teacher and union organizer, was a Queens College undergraduate and graduate

alumnus, student government activist, and SEEK faculty member in the 1960s-70s. Recently he began

their Civil Rights Archive and was a consultant for Civil Rights Anniversary activities. His memories include

trying to save the college’s “No Tuition” policy, organizing a bus to the 1963 March on Washington, and

participating in Mississippi’s 1964 Freedom Summer with other QCers. His first wife came from Forest

Hills, his second from Glen Oaks. Born, raised, and living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, he can only

hope to be eligible for “Honorary” Queens status.

Tania Mattos was born in La Paz, Bolivia, and brought to Jackson Heights, Queens at the age of

four. Tania is an activist and proud undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic woman. Before co-founding

Queens Neighborhoods United, a community based coalition that fights against the displacement and

criminalization of residents, small businesses, vendors, and workers in Northwestern Queens, Tania

began organizing in 2007 for worker and immigrant rights in New York City and New Orleans. Her biggest

accomplishment will be when her mother is finally able to apply for her permanent residency and lose the

fear of being deported. Tania recently became a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited representative.

Monica Montgomery is a cultural entrepreneur curating media, museums and memory to enhance

creative inspiration. She believes museums should be in service to society, and has recently founded the

Museum of Impact, the world’s first people-powered, mobile social justice museum. As an indie magazine

publisher and classroom educator, she is passionate about exploring new narratives and creative place

making for the public good. Her thought leadership converges at the intersection of community

engagement and marketing. Monica is the Action Director of LatimerNOW, headquartered at the Lewis

Latimer Historic House Museum. She remixes the museum experience, interpreting diversity, creativity

and community through Latimer’s legacy.

Pauline Park is president of the board of directors and acting executive director of Queens Pride House

and chair of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA). She led the campaign for

the transgender rights law enacted by the New York City Council in 2002 and in 2005 became the first

openly transgendered grand marshal of the New York City Pride March. Pauline has written widely on

LGBT issues and has conducted transgender sensitivity training sessions for a wide range of

organizations. She was the subject of “Envisioning Justice: The Journey of a Transgendered Woman,” a

32-minute documentary.


Five Boro Story Project, founded by Bridget Bartolini, produces community events to showcase stories

and art inspired by the neighborhoods of New York City. Our free, hyper-localized public programs create

opportunities for New Yorkers to connect to our neighborhoods and our neighbors through stories, song,

poetry, dance, film, and discussion about the places where we live. The programs aim to strengthen

community connections, preserve local history, challenge negative perceptions of the outer boroughs and

marginalized areas, and celebrate the diverse neighborhoods of NYC.


LatimerNOW, headquartered at the Lewis Latimer Historic House Museum, is remixing the museum

experience! Highlighting the wonder of creativity, community and identity, LatimerNOW invites diverse

audiences to connect with Latimer House the way they connect with their own homes: through culture,

foodways, language, and storytelling. We celebrate African American inventor Lewis Latimer’s

unconquerable legacy, as a renaissance man, community connector and active citizen during the early

20th century.

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