Honoring Divinah Bailey upon the occasion of her retirement

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Divinah Bailey upon the occasion of her

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body seeks to acknowledge those individuals
whose professional lives and civic endeavors serve to enhance the stat-
ure of the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Divinah Bailey
upon the occasion of her retirement, to be celebrated on Thursday, April
4, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York; and
WHEREAS, Divinah "Dee" Bailey is a native of the Bedford Stuyvesant
community in Brooklyn, New York; under the mentorship of her late
father, Dee was empowered with the ability to assess and address the
needs of her community; through the years, she has distinguished herself
as a dedicated fighter for human rights, as it relates to the health and
welfare within the African American community; and
WHEREAS, Dee Bailey is most noted for her advocacy work, which
includes being a District 65 United Auto Workers (UAW) representative
for over 20 years along with helping to inspire the New York City Coun-
cil to create the "Communities of Color HIV/AIDS Faith Initiative"; this
brought a significant amount in new HIV/AIDS funds to churches, communi-
ty-based organizations and community service agencies; and
WHEREAS, As the former National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS
Executive Director of New York City Operations, Dee Bailey had the
responsibility of informing, coordinating and organizing the volunteer
efforts of the indigenous black leadership in their local communities
and across the nation to meet the challenge of fighting AIDS; as founder
of Watchful Eye, she continues to work tirelessly in educating leaders
around the issues of HIV/AIDS as it relates to communities of color; and
WHEREAS, Dee Bailey currently serves as: Member of the Health and
Social Services Committee for NYC Community Planning Board No. 3, found-
ing Chair of the Brooklyn United Community Coalition (BUCC), member of
the Congressional Health Advisory Committee, member of the 54th Assembly
District Healthcare Policy Team, chair of the Brooklyn Linkage to Care
Coalition Communications Committee (BLCC), member of the New York City
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Steering Committee; and
WHEREAS, Dee Bailey becomes extremely passionate when she extols the
importance of HIV/AIDS education and the need to take the first step by
"Getting Tested" and "Knowing Your Status"; as guest ringmaster at the
UniverSoul Circus, the first African American circus of its kind, she
has delivered HIV/AIDS prevention messages to audiences both young and
old in cities where the circus performs; and
WHEREAS, Dee Bailey's passion has moved her towards developing new and
innovative partnerships and initiatives such as the Red Ribbon Revitali-
zation Campaign; the campaign is an ongoing initiative to encourage HIV
testing, by having banners that hang from flag poles, medical centers
and colleges in Brooklyn areas hardest hit by HIV/AIDS; and
WHEREAS, Dee Bailey has been the recipient of numerous awards for her
tireless work in the fight against HIV/AIDS; she has appeared on several
radio and television networks and has interviewed with many other media
personalities; and
WHEREAS, A true asset to society, Dee Bailey is a proud mother and
grandmother who is considered to be a leader, confidant, mentor, friend,
and sister to all who have the pleasure of her acquaintance; and
WHEREAS, During her tenure, Dee Bailey earned the admiration, esteem
and affection of her colleagues; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Divinah Bailey upon the occasion of her retirement; and be it
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Divinah "Dee" Bailey.


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