2011-12-09 / Community

RockawayYouth Task Force Packed Ocean Bay For Open Mic

Friday, December 2, more than 60 young people packed the Ocean Bay Community Center for an Open Mic Night hosted by the Rockaway Youth Task Force and Donovan Richards; food and refreshments provided by Stop & Shop in Arverne. The Open Mic event was conceived of during the Occupy Ocean Bay/ Edgmere Town Hall, where many youth voiced their concerns about the lack of activities in the Rockaways. RYTF and Richards helped the youth of the community to bring this event to life and plan to do more events like this throughout the Rockaways, giving youth ownership in their community. Next month Richards and the Rockaway Youth Task Force will be holding an Occupy Redfern Youth Town Hall meeting to engage and challenge the youth of Redfern to address the issues they face and to think of practical solutions to them.

“We’ve been criticized for not addressing the issue of violence in our community when in fact we are. Having 60 plus young people at an event of ours we know that is 60 of our young people who are off the streets not being murdered,” Task Force leader Milan Taylor said.

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