Issues: Civil Rights

Senator Kevin Parker Remembers the Award-Winning Actress and Civil Rights Icon Ruby Dee

(Brooklyn, NY) - “Today, America lost Ruby Dee, an award-winning actress and icon of the Civil Rights Movement,” said Senator Kevin Parker. “Ruby Dee died at the age of 91, after a life spent as a star of stage and screen, and as a civil rights activist with her husband the late Ossie Davis, with whom she shared the duty of Master and Mistress of Ceremonies at the 1963 March on Washington.”

June 12, 2014
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GENDA SPONSOR SQUADRON: TIME IS NOW TO BRING BILL TO SENATE FLOOR FOR VOTE AFTER ASSEMBLY PASSAGE FOR SEVENTH TIME

ALBANY—Today, the New York State Assembly has passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) for the seventh time. Senator Daniel Squadron, lead sponsor of the bill in the Senate, issued the following statement:

June 10, 2014
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Sen. Parker Interviews Jonathan E. Gradess, Executive Director, NYS Defenders Association, Inc.

Based in Albany, New York, the New York State Defenders Association is a non-profit, membership organization, that provides direct services and training programs to the 6,000 lawyers who represent family or criminal court cases for low income people.

For direct assistance, visit their website at www.nysda.org or call 518-465-3524.

Further, two Brooklyn-based organizations provide similar services:

June 4, 2014
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Sen. Krueger, Advocates Applaud Passage of “Boss Bill” in Senate Labor Committee, Call for Floor Vote Before End of Session

Sen. Krueger applauded the Senate Labor Committee’s passage today of her legislation banning employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions (S. 6578B). Sen. Krueger called on the Senate majority’s co-leaders to follow up on this positive step by allowing a floor vote on the bill before the close of the 2014 session.

June 3, 2014
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Senator Parker Interviews Gwen Wright, Executive Director, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Gwen Wright as the Executive Director of the state’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence in September 2013. 

Ms. Wright had been with the agency for 20 years at the time of her appointment, serving in many capacities, most recently as Director of Human Services and Prevention.

Senator Parker interviews Ms. Wright on the office's services, latest initiatives and how her office can form coalitions to further prevent domestic violence or support victims.

For more information, visit www.OPDV.ny.gov, or call 518-457-5800.

 

 

May 29, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Remembers the Incomparable Poet Laureate Maya Angelou

(Brooklyn, NY) - “Today the world lost a beacon of hope and inspiration in the passing of literary giant and poet laureate Dr. Maya Angelou. Dr. Angelou died at the age of 86, after a life spent as a civil rights activist, award-winning poet, actor, singer, dancer, professor, mentor and author of several autobiographies and novels that will continue to shape the hearts and minds of generations to come,” said Senator Kevin Parker.

May 28, 2014
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Senator James Sanders Jr. Joins Colleagues in Birthday Commemoration of Civil Rights Leader Malcolm X

New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) joined his colleagues on the floor of the Senate Chamber to commemorate the 89th birthday of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X.

May 21, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER ON BROWN V BOARD OF EDUCATION 60TH ANNIVERSARY

(Brooklyn, NY) - "Sixty years ago today, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its unanimous ruling in Brown v the Board of Education. As we all know, the Court's decision made it crystal clear that not only were the racially segregated school systems of the day unequal and illegal, but that segregated schools could never be equal and therefore violated the U.S. Constitution.

May 19, 2014
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Senate Passes Sen. Parker’s Bill Enhancing Penalties on Bias-Related Graffiti

(Brooklyn, NY) – Yesterday, the State Senate passed Senator Kevin Parker’s bill, S951A, which increases the penalties arising from bias related graffiti to make it even clearer that hate crimes must end in New York. In 2012, the number of hate crimes in New York increased by 30%, and in 2014 barely a week has passed without an account of anti-Semitic graffiti on privately owned vehicles or public buildings, such as the anti-Jewish graffiti rampage of last weekend in Central Brooklyn.

 

May 13, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Senator Bill Perkins Joins The New York Branch of The NAACP Phenomenal Women’s Award Ceremony | Honoring The Mothers Of The Central Park Five

Senator Bill Perkins Joins The New York Branch of The NAACP Phenomenal Women’s Award Ceremony | Honoring The Mothers Of The Central Park Five

 

On Sunday, March 23rd, Senator Bill Perkins joined with NAACP New York Branch President Randy Tucker in honoring the mothers of the "Central Park 5" (Gracie Cuffee, Linda McCray, Milagros Nelson {posthumously}, Sharonne Salaam and Delores “Dee” Wise) at the NAACP New York Branch Phenomenal Women's Award Ceremony.  The well attended event took place at St. Luke's AME Church in the presence of a crowd of community supporters and leaders, parishioners, family and friends. 

 

March 24, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER ON THE SENATE VOTE ON THE NEW YORK STATE DREAM ACT

(Brooklyn, NY) - “Today, I stood with 29 other New York Senate Democratic Senators to vote in favor of the NYS DREAM Act.

This piece of progressive legislation was brought to the floor earlier this evening and if passed, would have ensured immigrant children, in search of the American dream through educational access and financial aid, the road map to success.

Senate Republicans failed our young people. Not a single member of the Republican Conference voted yes. Not a single member of the Republicans voted yes for opportunity or yes for equality.

March 17, 2014
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1917-2014 A Look at the History of the Legislators of Color

It is with honor that I present to you this up-to-date chronicle of men and women of color who have served in the New York State Legislature.

This book reflects the challenges that resolute men and women of color have addressed and the progress that we have helped New Yorkers achieve over the decades. Since this book was first published in 1977, new legislators of color have arrived in the Senate and Assembly to continue to change the color and improve the function of New York State government.

February 21, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Calls for Support of Legislation to Improve Emergency Responses Involving ‘Emotionally Disturbed’

(Brooklyn, NY) –  Today, State Senator Kevin Parker stood in solidarity with Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams (www.ccitnyc.org) – a coalition of 50 behavioral health providers and concerned citizens, and Brooklyn Borough President and retired New York Police Department Captain, Eric Adams, on City Hall steps to urge the Governor and Mayor to support the creation of specially trained Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs). The proposed CIT training would enable the NYPD to better respond to the 100,000 ‘emotionally disturbed person’ (EDP) calls received annually.

February 19, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Remarks on Black History Month

Senator Stewart-Cousins acknowledged the many accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans in the Senate Chamber for Black History Month.

February 6, 2014
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Central Park Five Want Justice

The New York Amsterdam News | By Cyril Josh Baker | February 6th, 2014 

Senator Bill Perkins stands shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart with the Central Park Five—Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam—as they ask for the City to finally do the right thing and settle the case so these men can commence to heal and find closure.

Please follow this link to the full story.  

 

February 6, 2014
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