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Barbara J. Exum

Barbara J. Exum enlisted in the United States Air Force on April 27, 1977. Upon completion of basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, she was assigned as a Materiel Facilities Specialist. 

Ms. Exum’s first duty station was the 96th Supply Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas. While there, she supported the 96th Bombardment Wing, identifying and inspecting property prior to issuing to maintenance activities to ensure that the bomb wing was able to meet their missions on time. 

May 20, 2015
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Marta Moreno Vega

As founder of the Frank H. Williams Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and a professor, author and filmmaker, Marta Moreno Vega has been a driving force for three decades. She has been committed to bring the issues of identity, culture and matters of the spirit into the public consciousness.

Ms. Vega was born in 1942 in New York City and grew up in East Harlem, a predominantly Latino and Caribbean section of the City known as Spanish Harlem. Both her parents were from Puerto Rico, and her father’s dark skin reflected his African heritage. Ms. Vega was teased for her skin color as she grew up, yet as she grew older, she came to embrace her African lineage.

May 13, 2015
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Torture or safety mechanism? Lawmakers looking closely at the use of solitary confinement in state prisons

By DANYAL MOHAMMADZADEH, Legislative Gazette Staff Writer |04.27.2015

 

Senator Perkins was a proud co-host of a recent public education event concerning the HALT Solitary Confinement Act, A.4401 | S.2659.  The Senator’s message was clear: 

 

“We have a human rights crisis here in New York State; over 4,000 individuals—many of the most vulnerable and defenseless among us—are subject to state-sanctioned torture, in the form of solitary confinement.

 

In 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur agreed with this assessment, calling solitary confinement “torture”—plain and simple.

 

April 30, 2015
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EARTH DAY 2015 POSTER CONTEST: DISTRICT 30

Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.  This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 30th Senatorial District. Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

April 14, 2015
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Join Senator Perkins For HALT Solitary Confinement Advocacy Day In Albany | April 22nd

Solitary Confinement:  Inconceivably, we have a human rights crisis here in New York State, as over 4,000 individuals—many of the most vulnerable and defenseless among us—are subject to state-sanctioned torture, in the form of solitary confinement.  This is an unacceptable situation and thus we continue the fight that Martin Sostre—a political prisoner and revolutionary born and raised in Harlem—commenced over forty five years ago when he first legally and successfully challenged the practice of solitary confinement as cruel and inhuman punishment.  In 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur agreed with this assessment, calling solitary confinement “torture”—plain and simple.

 

April 22, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Please Sign Our Petition To Make Videotaped Interrogations State Law

Let Governor Cuomo know that you support legislation carried by Senator Bill Perkins, in the form of Senate Bill 2419—which will make videotaped interrogations the official law of the land in New York State, by requiring the creation of an electronic record of an entire custodial interrogation in felony cases.  Sign our peition here.

File: 
VI, Petition, Final.pdf

February 12, 2015
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Sign Our Petition To HALT Solitary Confinement

Let Governor Cuomo know that you support Senate Bill 2659.  Convey your support for HALT-ing the tortuous and counterproductive practice of Solitary Confinement by signing our petition, which can be found here.

File: 
SC Petition (1).pdf

February 12, 2015
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Sign Our Petition Calling On Governor Cuomo To Ensure Educational Equity For All

To sign Senator Perkins petition Calling on Governor Cuomo to ensure educational equity for all, please click on: this link

 

File: 
Education Petition, V3.pdf

February 11, 2015
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Senator Bill Perkins Proudly Hosts Annual "Celebration Of Hanukkah" Event

On Saturday, December 20th, 2014, please join Senator Perkins as he proudly hosts “A Celebration Of Hanukkah”—in partnership with Old Broadway Synagogue & BINA Cultural Foundation. 

 

The event will begin at 7:00 PM at Old Broadway Synagogue—15 Old Broadway, between 125th and 126th Street.  A kosher reception will follow. 

 

To RSVP please call the office of Senator Perkins at 212.222.7315

December 20, 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Senator Bill Perkins Hosts 8th Annual Holiday Seasonal Open House | 12.12.2014

On Friday, December 12th, please join Senator Bill Perkins at our 8th Annual Holiday Seasonal Open House as we celebrate the holiday season with an evening of food, music & song.

 

To all who join us, please bring an un-wrapped toy to support underserved families in our Senate District. 

 

Important date/time/location details include:

 

When:  Friday, December 12, 2014

Where:  Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building | 163 West 125th Street , Suite 912

Time:  4:00-PM—7:00-PM

 

 Please RSVP TO SENATOR PERKINS’ OFFICE @ 212-222-7315

December 12, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Two Senegalese Boys Got Beat Up And Called “Ebola” In New York City

 Nicolás Medina Mora| Buzzfeed | October 27th, 2014

 

Senator Perkins joined leaders and members of the Senegalese American Association in Harlem to speak out on the offensive, senseless and hurtful stigmatization faced by many in the African Community, including NYC-born youngsters—Pape and Amidou Drame, 8th and 6th graders, respectively, in I.S. 318/The Bronx—who have been repeatedly taunted, ostracized and physically beaten simply because of their Senegalese heritage.   

 

The Senator said the following, concerning the issue of mandatory quarantine:

 

October 29, 2014
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Ebolaphobia Persists: Two Senegalese-American Schoolboys Were Bullied and Called 'Ebola'

 Irene Chidinma Nwoye | The Village Voice | October 27th, 2014

 

Senator Perkins joined leaders and members of the Senegalese American Association in Harlem to speak out on the offensive, senseless and hurtful stigmatization faced by many in the African Community, including NYC-born youngsters—Pape and Amidou Drame, 8th and 6th graders, respectively, in I.S. 318/The Bronx—who have been repeatedly taunted, ostracized and physically beaten simply because of their Senegalese heritage.   

 

October 29, 2014
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Senator Bill Perkins Delivers Testimony To The NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) Concerning The Municipal ID Card Program

In early October, Senator Perkins delivered detailed testimony to the New York City Human Resources Administration relative to their proposed rulemaking on the City’s first ever Municipal ID Card Program.

 

Succinctly put, the Senator lauded HRA for the progress they have made in terms of implementing the enabling legislation, saying: “It is my earnest desire that this program is embraced by all, thrives in practice and serves as another substantial step in bringing individuals, families and whole immigrant communities out of a shadowy exile created and exacerbated by forces beyond their control.”

 

File: 
BP Municipal ID, Final.pdf

October 22, 2014
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Senator Bill Perkins Marches In The 14th Annual Gladys Ricart—Victims Of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk | Brides’ March

On Friday, September 26th, Senator Perkins joined hundreds of advocates, activists, and individuals—from the Washington Heights community and beyond—in the 14th Annual Brides’ Walk to raise awareness concerning the scourge of domestic violence.  The Senator was proud to offer remarks in the loving memory of Gladys Ricart—a young lady who was murdered by a former abusive boyfriend in an atrocious act of domestic violence—on the day she was to be wed.  Senator Perkins also looks forward to returning to Albany to advocate for and support comprehensive legislative measures that fully support and empower victims and deter this type of reprehensible conduct from ever happening in the first place. 

 

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October 21, 2014
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Residents Use Harlem Meeting On Ebola To Shed Light On Outbreak In West Africa

By NY1 News | October 18th, 2014 | Mahsa Saeidi Reporting

On Friday, October 17th—Senator Bill Perkins hosted a “Community Dialogue On Ebola”— to inform, educate and disseminate information to our constituents, as well as answer questions, address concerns and rally support to fight this epidemic both in Africa and New York City.

 

October 21, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Perkins Hosts Community Dialogue On Ebola | Friday, October 17th

On Friday, October 17th Senator Perkins will host a "Community Dialogue On Ebola"--to inform, educate and disseminate information to our constituents, as well as answer questions, address concerns and rally support to fight this epidemic both in Africa and New York City.

 

This Community Dialogue will be held at 6:00 PM at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building—8th Floor Conference Room.

 

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this event. Please RSVP to our office at 212.222.7315.

 

October 17, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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NYC Parks Cuts Ribbon On New Robert L. Clinkscales Playground & Community Garden

BWW News Desk | September 30th, 2014

 

On Monday, September 29th, Senator Bill Perkins was proud to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and attendant celebration of the new Robert L. Clinkscales Playground and Community Garden on West 146th Street in Harlem.

 

This universally accessible park—born of reclaimed land that once stood dormant—is the perfect tribute to the inspiring legacy of Robert L. Clinkscales, a beloved and tireless community activist in Harlem who launched an initiative to “take back” Jackie Robinson Park for the whole community in the 1990’s and called together the very first meetings and laid out a comprehensive community vision for the park that now bears his name.

October 2, 2014
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South African President President Jacob Zuma Meets South African Community In Harlem

Senator Bill Perkins was honored and overjoyed to host the President of the Republic of South Africa, the Honorable Jacob Zuma on September 25th, 2014.  Hundreds attended a truly inspiring reception and celebration that was held in President Zuma’s honor at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building.  More pictures and video can be found here

September 29, 2014
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