Meet the Organizers

Members of all 4 organizations meet at Ravenswood Community Center to discuss plans for the September 29th People over Profit March.
Members of all 4 organizations meet at Ravenswood Community Center to discuss plans for the September 29th People over Profit March.

The Take Back LIC Community Series is the result of the coordination of multiple local groups including:

  • Justice For All Coalition
  • LIC Coalition
  • Hunter’s Point Civic Association
  • Court Square Civic Association
Learn more about the work for each organization:

Formed in April of 2016, the Justice For All Coalition is a diverse group of community members from LIC, Astoria, Woodside and Sunnyside working together to organize our neighbors around critical needs related to housing, jobs, and other quality-of-life issues. The group initially coalesced around a wide scale rezoning plan that is being planned for Long Island City affecting 100s of blocks. As our community continues to face increasing development pressure, we are joining together with other residents, faith communities, labor organizations, and community groups to assure that coming development actually benefits the current residents of Astoria / Long Island City. Our mission is to inform, educate and organize the community to become proactive regarding zoning, development and other quality of life issues impacting our neighborhoods.

For more information, visit us on the web at

LIC Coalition is a local, community driven, progressive group that works to promote change at the local, state, and national level.

  • We conduct weekly community meetings to share information, and plan individual and group actions (Sundays at 11am).
  • We serve as educator, resource, and connector for information, action, and events.
  • We help transform LIC community’s ideas into actions.

Our primary goals are to:

  1. Get money out of politics
  2. Advance social justice, political transparency, and voting rights
  3. Advocate for Smart Growth and reduce uncontrolled development in Long Island City
  4. Educate and combat Climate Change

For more information, visit us on the web at

The Hunters Point Civic Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life in Hunters Point. We create forums and opportunities for our community to connect with each other, and our elected representatives to advocate for responsible development, contribute to charity, and participate in social activities.

As the gateway to Queens, and one of the most rapidly growing neighborhoods in NYC, Hunters Point is a unique neighborhood. As such, the HPCA provides programming that actively shapes responsible development.

We provide a forum to address issues of common concern, promote involvement in neighborhood activities, and further the interests of the neighborhood including:

  • continuous improvement in the quality of life in the neighborhood in education, safety, transportation, development and other quality of life areas.
  • influence applicable state and local laws, zoning, liquor license and other regulations for residents and businesses.
  • implement a mechanism of mutual support for the efforts of its organizers and members in promoting ideals and issues of mutual civic and community interest.
  • identify and communicate to all interested parties the most important issues or concerns for Hunters Point residents, and to seek the support of politicians, government officials and other related parties in achieving the stated objectives and purposes.; and
  • promote the common social, recreational and educational benefit and enjoyment of the residents of Hunters Point.

For more information, visit us on the web at

The Court Square Civic Association was largely formed in response to the rapid development taking place in the Court Square and Queens Plaza sub-districts of Long Island City. With most of the neighborhood allowing “as-of-right” development, little consideration needed to be made to the overall livability of the neighborhood. This realization prompted both new and old residents to join together and advocate for holistic development, that takes into account crucial infrastructure such as transportation, green space, and schools, as well as neighborhood character defining factors such as cultural institutions and businesses.

For more information, visit us on the web at

A SPECIAL THANKS to the of the Livable Neighborhoods Program (LNP) of the Municipal Art Society (MAS) for their technical, administrative and financial support, and in particular Joanna Crispe, Director of Community Engagement and Education, and Liz Volchok, Planning and Preservation Intern, for making time each week to coordinate planning and provide feedback for these workshops.

For more information on the Livable Neighborhoods Program, visit

For more information on the Municipal Art Society, visit


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