Film for AAWW_Surviving Surveillance, Catering to America: Shahina Parveen

Collateral Damage “Surviving Surveillance, Catering to America”: A mother copes with the unjust arrest and incarceration of her son. Shahina Parveen is the mother of Shahawar Matin Siraj, who was convicted in 2007 of allegedly conspiring to plant bombs in a Manhattan subway. Shahina maintains her son, Matin, is in prison for a crime he… Read More

Article for Culinary Backstreets: Street Carts of Desire: Taking it to the Streets

“I get too many tickets because of the ’20 feet rule’ or the ‘10 feet rule’ for vending too close to a business or crosswalk,” said a Latina street vendor. “The rules are unfair and confusing,” she added in Spanish. She was new to the monthly street vendor meetings in Corona. The more seasoned members,… Read More

Satire: “CORN-TELPRO: Tamale Ladies Menace 6 Queens’ neighborhoods along Roosevelt Avenue”

Do not confuse CORN-TELPRO with the 1950s COINTELPRO, “a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States FBI aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting and disrupting domestic political organizations.” CORN-TELPRO, on the other hand, is an entirely trustworthy and legitimate organization, seeking a total and complete shutdown of all invasive species on Roosevelt Avenue,… Read More

Article Migrant Kitchens_Queens’ Street Carts of Desire: Vendors vs. City Hall

“The people with permits, they are not working. We vendors on the streets, we need more permits,” yelled Mehdi, a New York street vendor of Bengali origin, at a recent protest for more permits. Street vending in the city – in particular food vending – is largely the domain of immigrants like Mehdi, seemingly an… Read More

Article_Queens’ Street Carts of Desire: Peddling, Past and Present

Queens these days is New York’s street cart central. According to the Street Vendor Project, which advocates for vendor rights in the five boroughs, the largest concentration of street vendors with licenses lives in that borough. This concentration of streetside sellers is easy enough to see on six-mile-long Roosevelt Avenue, which runs through six of… Read More