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Sanders Supports Religious Garb Bill to Prevent Workplace Descrimination

ALBANY, N.Y., March 3, 2015- Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) and the Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group held a press conference on the Bangladeshi-Americans Annual Lobby Day to support the passing of Senate Bill S3263 and Assembly Bill A2049, which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace against attire that is worn for a religious purpose.

March 4, 2015
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Senator Sanders Presents A Free "Women in Power" Workshop

State Senator James Sanders Jr. will present a free "Women in Power" workshop on Saturday, March 14, as part of Women's History Month.  It will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 122-05 Smith Street in Jamaica.

March 3, 2015
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Senator Sanders to Debut Mobile Office

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) will be debuting his mobile office this Friday, March 6, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Baisley Houses Community Center, 116-80 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica. The senator invites his constituents to meet with him and share their questions, concerns and suggestions.

March 3, 2015
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State Senator James Sanders Jr. Holds Successful Salute to Gospel Concert Event

Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale) held a hugely successful  “Salute to Gospel” concert before a packed house of more than 400 people at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center on February 27. The guests enjoyed a complimentary before the two-hour event, which boasted a variety of entertainment that included singers, dancers and a gospel comedian.  

March 2, 2015
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SCARBOROUGH, SANDERS APPLAUD NEW YORK RISING COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF FLOOD RELIEF STUDY

Assemblyman William Scarborough and Senator James Sanders, Jr. congratulated the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committee for the inclusion of a radical collection flood relief study in its recommendation for funding under the Idlewild Watershed Communities program. The study will be part of the $6 million allocated by the committee for community reconstruction and flood mitigation strategies as a result of tropical storm sandy.

February 26, 2015
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What if Malcolm X were alive today? - Senator Sanders Holds Community Discussion

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) marked the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Malcolm X as so many others did, by attending a memorial commemoration in Harlem at the educational center named after the slain human rights leader. It was the site of the former Audubon Ballroom, the location where Malcolm X was gunned down. A single blue spotlight illuminated the area where he drew his last breath.   During his remarks Senator Sanders recalled how much the Muslim minister known as  El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz had influenced him on a personal level and how his impact on the world can still be felt today.  

February 26, 2015
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Sen. Sanders Speaks at 50th Memorial Commemoration of Malcolm X

State Senator James Sanders speaks about the legacy of Malcolm X at the 50th Anniversary Memorial on February 21, 2015 at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.

February 24, 2015
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State Senator James Sanders Jr. meets with Ilyasha Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, at 50th Anniversary Memorial

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) had the opportunity to speak with Ilyasha Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, at a memorial commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of the human rights leader. Shabazz is a motivational speaker and author, perhaps best known for her memoir “Growing Up X.” Senator Sanders delivered some brief remarks during the event on February 21, 2015, at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in Harlem. He recalled how much Malcolm X had influenced him on a personal level and how the slain Muslim minister's impact on the world can still be felt today.  

February 24, 2015
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State Senator James Sanders Jr. Calls for Re-Investigation of Malcolm X Assassination

As we commemorate the life of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, also known as Malcolm X, on Saturday, February 20, 2015, the 50th Anniversary of his assassination, State Senator James Sanders Jr.(D-Rochdale Village) is calling upon leaders of the city, state and federal government to re-examine the events surrounding the untimely death of the Muslim minister and human rights leader and to bring to justice all of the parties responsible for his murder.

February 23, 2015
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Senator Sanders marches with 32BJ airport workers as they demand fair wages and healthcare benefits

 

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) marched with dozens of airport workers - members of 32BJ - as they held a protest rally demanding higher wages and better healthcare benefits at JFK Airport's Terminal 7 on Thursday. Chanting slogans like "Si Se Puede" and "No Justice, No Peace," the workers which included baggage handlers, janitorial staff and passenger service workers demanded that their voices be heard. Senator Sanders a longtime supporter of 32BJ was happy to join them in their efforts and carried a sign that read "No Healthcare, No Respect."

February 17, 2015
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February 27, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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State Senator James Sanders Jr. Confronts PBA President Pat Lynch Over Police Turning Their Backs on Mayor de Blasio

(Manhattan, NY) – State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) confronted Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch at a senate hearing Wednesday questioning his support of police officers turning their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio in the days following the execution-style shooting of two cops in Brooklyn back in December. 

February 9, 2015
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Senator Sanders Joins The Community for a "FREE" Screening of "SELMA"

In order to receive a ticket, each adult must bring a youth as their guest.

January 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: MEETING TO DISCUSS THE ERIC GARNER GRAND JURY VERDICT

NYS SEN. JAMES SANDERS JR. (D-QUEENS) HOSTS COMMUNITY LEADERS MEETING REGARDING GARNER DECISION

Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) and community leaders will meet to discuss the potential impact of the Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision and how we can work together to ensure we keep our community safe. In light of the Ferguson, Missouri decision and the unfortunate riot and chaos that ensued, we are inviting community leaders to discuss the state of community and police relations in a productive fashion. Demonstrations have sparked all across America and the media has given a lot of attention to police brutality and the killings of civilians. Several months ago in Staten Island, Eric Garner unfortunately lost his life while being restrained in a chokehold. The officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner is currently awaiting the decision of the grand jury. While we do not know the outcome of the verdict, it is important for community leaders in Queens to join forces and organize the community in advance of the Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision that may come down soon. Food will be served at the event.

December 3, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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THANKSGIVING ESSAYS AND CONTRIBUTIONS

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

December 2, 2014
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Black Lives Matter

On Tuesday night, I awaited the announcement of the grand jury decision on Officer Darren Wilson. Like many across our nation, I was saddened to learn that the grand jury did not find probable cause to indict Wilson. The purpose of the grand jury is not to determine guilt or innocence, but to decide whether there is probable cause to prosecute someone for a felony crime. Unfortunately, the grand jury decided that the shooting of Michael Brown was not even deserving of a trial. As we prepare to enter 2015, it is important to remember that this year has seen the death of numerous unarmed black young men at the hands of police officers.

November 24, 2014
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JFK Airport Rally To Raise The Minimum Wage

On Tuesday afternoon, Unite Here Local 100, Senator James Sanders, Jr., Senator-elect Leroy Comrie, Assemblyman David Weprin, Assemblyman Victor M. Pichardo, Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilman Rory Lancman joined community organizations to support Airport Workers in their quest to receive a living wage. In July, Governors Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced an agreement which enabled employees of contractors and subcontractors at JFK and LaGuardia airports earning minimum wage to receive pay increases from $9 to $10.10, linked to increases in the consumer price index, went into effect July 31, 2014.

November 19, 2014
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Senator Sanders still serving the Military …Met with Tuskegee Airman on Veteran’s Day

US Marine Veteran James Sanders Jr. honored his fellow veterans with a luncheon at Applebee’s restaurant on Jamaica Avenue yesterday.  After congratulating the service men and women for their distinguished service to this great nation of ours, he proceeded directly into a brief history of Veteran’s Day, which was proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in1919, as Armistice Day, and  which was later amended by congress to “Veteran’s Day” in 1938. 

November 12, 2014
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