Who We Are
Mayday is a people-powered project run by the Mayday Collective, several committees and organizing projects, and a slew of other friends, collaborators and area residents.
The Mayday Family
Mayday, in many ways, is an extended family of dedicated individuals who make up the committees and organizing projects housed within our walls.
Committees are responsible for specific areas of work that help keep Mayday’s doors open and further our transformative impact. Fundraising, Programming, Space Management are the main committees with each having as-needed sub-committees. They assist in co-creating Mayday’s overall goals and strategies. Committees are empowered to work towards achieving these goals via various creative, self-organized methods. At least one committee member must also be a Collective member who reports back to the Collective on important decisions being taken to get feedback and ensure effective coordination across the entire Mayday team.
Mayday affiliated projects are housed out of our space and self-organize their own events and initiatives while sharing Mayday’s commitments to social justice. Current projects include:
- Derecho A Techo – tenants’ rights organizing initiative & mutual support group
- Language Justice Project – offering language classes & promoting multilingual access
- Mayday Kitchen Collective – cooking communal meals & supporting food justice
- Mayday Wellness Collective – yogis & other instructors promoting health and resilience
- Mayday Radical Library – a project to build out & maintain our 2nd fl lending library
- Mi Casa No Es Su Casa – “artivist” project using illuminated signs to challenge gentrification
- People’s Collective Arts – artists creating powerful visuals for mobilizations & campaigns
The Mayday Collective
The Collective is where the rubber hits the road. It holds operational power and makes the bulk of daily decisions. It is responsible for the organization’s health and relevance. The Collective nominates individuals for Committees, the Board and newcomers to the Collective itself.
Mayday was founded by Ana Nogueira and Mcnair Scott in 2013. In 2014, they invited Lucas Shapiro and Sandy Nurse to join. Josh Carrera is the newest Collective member, joining in fall 2015. Read about the Collective members below:
Ana likes to start things. Back in the day, with $500 in her pocket, she started the NYC Independent Media Center and its newspaper, the Indypendent. She has gone on to work as a producer for Democracy Now, a war correspondent in Lebanon and as the producer, director, and editor of the award-winning documentary, Roadmap to Apartheid. Ana is now excited to launch Mayday as a community resource down the block from where she’s lived for 14 years.
Josh grew up in Bushwick off the Wilson Ave stop on the L train. He left his neighborhood in 2008 to study natural resources planning and economics in Vermont and Latin America. He returned in 2014 and is currently the Research and Outreach Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy’s New York City program. He is deeply committed to organizing around issues of housing and environmental justice. In his free time, Josh likes to go salsa dancing and loves to attend slam poetry shows.
Mcnair is a long time Bushwick resident interested in building movement infrastructure, tactics, and strategies for the long-haul. He has been deeply involved with the Direct Action Network, Indymedia, Bluestockings, and riseup.net and has worked with the United Nations in West Africa. He is currently an Executive Director of The LEAP Encryption Access Project, creating anti-surveillance technology designed to protect freedom of speech and assembly.
Lucas is dedicated to multi-issue movement-building and has been an organizer with groups such as Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) and the West Side Neighborhood Alliance. He draws inspiration for Mayday from his connections to social centers in Spain and is maybe just a little obsessed with political strategy, public policy, popular education…and game nights!
Sandy grew up overseas in multiple countries on almost every continent, but has spent many years putting roots down and building family in New York. She is the founder of Bushwick’s Know Waste Lands Wildlife Garden, BK ROT, a youth-led composting service and is a member of Brooklyn Community Board 4. In a past life, she worked for the United Nations Development Programme and World Food Programme. She is deeply involved direct action organizing and believes in visible resistance to white supremacy, imperialism and capitalism.