This is sure to be my longest post to date. Please take the time to read it. Words aren't quite my forte here, but I want to try to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who mobilized so quickly to bring last night's #Queens4Love vigil together.
It started with the swift approval from @nycparks and Detective Negrone at the #114thPrecinct. What usually takes three weeks to process, took just two days. We needed tables, speakers, flyers, street outreach, roses volunteers, artists. And we needed to spread the word. Thank you @elizabethvermotwick of @astoriacoffeeny for all the flyers, and Christine of @queensknits for rushing in to offer anything and everything you could. To Alex & Pete of @petalsandroots for donating 50 beautiful roses to honor each victim. To Havi of @hifirecordsastoria and Kenny of @r2gnyc for bringing much needed tables. To Sana (@scripturiently), Brandi (@iambrandik), and Mecca for courageously sharing your beautiful talents of poetry and song. To Ashley (@puravidaash) for meeting at the ungodly hour of 8am to hang flyers. To @RyanKrukowski, the photographer responsible for this beautiful image, who, after his incredibly hectic day, still came through to capture the evening for us all to remember. To Council Member #CostaConstantinides for addressing everyone with words on his own family, his sentiments on gun violence, and for praising our neighborhood's connectedness. Oh, and you can thank the generous Carla (@carlznyc) for those beautiful LOVE balloons, and for everything else she offered throughout the process. A very special thank you to David, (@undergroundaquarium) for physically helping set everything up, storing equipment, and honestly, just being there to help calm the nerves. To those who promoted the vigil, posted the flyer, brought your family or friends, thank you, I've tried to tag you all in this photo. To my mom who donated money to help with unexpected costs and to my loving husband, Benny, for his constant support. To everyone who attended and donated funds to help cover permit costs and more to send to @equalityfl's fundraiser. You pledged $268 for the victims and their families. I'm out of space.