The Forest Hills native and labor attorney founded Queens Coalition for Solidarity with a few other local activists in the area. He’s planning a large rally at MacDonald Park in Forest Hills on February 26 to show that borough-wide solidarity.
More than 1,300 people have already shown interest in the event. Elected officials like council members Karen Koslowitz and Jimmy Van Bramer and Public Advocate Letitia James have already confirmed their attendance, he said.
“I had been going to protests and rallies like everyone else, but felt like I needed to do more and make my activism local,” Felder said. “There’s such an appetite out there for protests and speaking out for all that we share.”
Felder was politically active in college, serving as the president of his school’s College Democrats.
“But I never engaged in this sort of activism until during the campaign,” he said. “I took a half-dozen trips to Pennsylvania to knock on doors, seeing the existential danger that is occurring.
“This is an extension of that activism that has not left me,” he added. “It’s only gotten more necessary and urgent.”
Felder said he hopes that by gathering residents and organizations representing the diverse borough, such as Black Lives Matter, Make the Road and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, it will send a message that the people will stay united.
“We’re all coming together to say that we share the same Queens values, and we’re not going to be divided,” he said. “We’re not going to turn on each other.
“It’s paramount, and to not speak up about it is to be part of the problem,” he added.