Issues: Civil Rights

SENATOR PARKER’S 6th ANNUAL FREE MLK CONCERT ENCHANTS BROOKLYN

SENATOR PARKER’S 6th ANNUAL FREE MLK CONCERT ENCHANTS BROOKLYN

Grammy Award-winning Gospel group ‘SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS’ draws 1,600 to Walt Whitman Theater 

January 20, 2010
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Sen. Espada Led Bronx MLK March for Peace to End Gun and Youth Violence

In tribute to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. was joined by clergy representing all religions, students of schools and members of athletic teams throughout the Bronx, and borough community leaders and residents in a massive “MLK March for Peace to End Gun and Youth Violence.” Before the parade, with pledge cards in hand, Sen. Espada asked the borough’s youth to sign on to an anti-gun/gang pledge to help end violence and hate/bias crimes among young people in the Bronx.

January 19, 2010
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Walk for Peace to End Gun and Youth Violence

Join us as we gather in front of the Paradise Theater on Grand Concourse and Walk for Peace to prevent Gun and Youth Violence in unity to the First Union Baptist Church for a memorial service in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led by Rev. Dr. James E. Wilson, Jr., Senior Pastor.9:00 am January 18, 2010 Paradise Theater, 2403 Grand Concourse11:00 am January 18, 2010 First Union Baptist Church 2064 Grand ConcoursePlease RSVP:Marzetta Harris, Senator Espada’s Office (718)220-5480

January 18, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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SENATOR PARKER REMEMBERS CIVIL RIGHTS AND MEDIA LEGEND PERCY SUTTON

Senator Parker Remembers Civil Rights and Media Legend Percy Sutton “The passing of Mr. Percy Sutton is a tragic loss for our nation. Not only have we lost one of the great icons of American Politics, but we have also lost a man who dedicated his life to ensure that everyone is afforded the same rights and opportunities.” “Percy Sutton inspired millions of African Americans all over the world and fought with great courage for many righteous causes.

January 7, 2010
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Response to Gov. Paterson’s State-of-the-State Address

Press Contact: Steve Mangione 914-403-4072 (cellular) 518-455-3395 (at this number Jan. 6th)

“The action of the Senate Democratic Majority in recent months – for example, addressing issues in a bipartisan way, creating green jobs, controlling spending and preserving important resources for education – has demonstrated our commitment to the state’s 19.5 million residents.

January 6, 2010
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Legislative Gazette: Silver supports help for tenants with HIV/AIDS

By Amanda CedroneStaff Writer

January 04, 2010

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has committed to passing an affordable housing bill for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS that has already passed the Senate.

January 3, 2010
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Senator Perkins Defends Marriage Equality

On December 2, 2009 the Marriage Equality Bill was put before the Senate for a vote.

December 22, 2009
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December 16, 2009
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Senator Duane Speaks at Governor Paterson's Signing of Gender Identity and Expression Executive Order

GOVERNOR PATERSON SIGNS GENDER IDENTITY AND EXPRESSION EXECUTIVE ORDER

 

Executive Order Will Protect State Workers from Discrimination Based on Gender Identity

 

December 16, 2009
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In Memorium: Dennis deLeon

I am deeply saddened by the loss today of Dennis deLeon, a dynamic human rights advocate for those living with HIV/AIDS.

December 14, 2009
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Marriage Equality for New York Video

Wednesday, December 2, in a speech to legislators, Senator Diane Savino expressed her views on the significance of voting in favor of marriage equality for the state of New York.

December 11, 2009
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Fighting and Voting for Marriage Equality

The past session in Albany was capped with a grave disappointment for me, as marriage equality was defeated on the floor of the Senate.  I voted, and argued, and fought for passage of the bill.  I am deeply disappointed that we did not win marriage equality this time, but I am committed to winning over my colleagues, bringing the bill back to the floor, and expanding equal rights to all New Yorkers. 

December 7, 2009
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Gay marriage shot down, despite Brooklyn support

By Thomas Tracy

The New York State Senate failed to hear the call for gay marriage last week despite a wave of support from the Brooklyn delegation and an impassioned speech from one usually soft-spoken borough legislator.

During Wednesday’s vote, the Senate shot down the Marriage Equity Bill 38 to 24.

Vote tallies show that seven of the nine Senators who represent the borough voted in favor of gay marriage. The two holdouts included Bay Ridge State Senator Marty Golden, a Republican, and State Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brighton Beach, Mill Basin).

December 7, 2009
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NY Daily News: How gay unions lost -- but won: Same sex marriage supporters dominated the debate in the Senate

By Bill Hammond

December 8, 2009

Supporters of same-sex marriage sadly lost the 38-to-24 vote in the state Senate last week, but they won the argument.

On the merits, the debate wasn't even close.

In fact, with the lonely exception of Bronx Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., opponents literally said nothing to justify denying equal marital rights to tens of thousands of New Yorkers.

The only word 37 of them spoke was "no."

Their collective silence was shameful.

December 7, 2009
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From the Floor and the Heart, Senators Make an Issue Personal

By Michael M. Grynbaum

ALBANY — Ruth Hassell-Thompson was a young girl decades ago when her older brother, a gay man, vanished from her deeply religious family, moving away to escape their disapproving father.

Ms. Hassell-Thompson, 67, searched for years, finally finding him in a village in the south of France. When she urged him to come home, he said that “my father doesn’t want to see me.”

December 4, 2009
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DC Agenda: ‘New Yorkers have been betrayed’

By Chris Johnson

December 10, 2009

December 3, 2009
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The New York Times: Voting for Discrimination

December 3, 2009
Editorial

 

The New York State Senate held an emotional debate on Wednesday in which there was talk of belief and conscience and eloquent reminders of earlier civil rights struggles. It then took a stand against equality and fairness.

By a 38-to-24 vote, lawmakers chose to continue the state’s discrimination against couples who want to get married and simply happen to be the same sex.

December 2, 2009
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