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A MESSAGE FOR THE NEW YEAR FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER

(Brooklyn, NY) – “Today, as we gather with our family and friends while ushering in 2014, I want to wish you and your loved ones a safe, prosperous, and healthy New Year.  

January 1, 2014
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SENATOR KEVIN PARKER BRINGS KWANZAA GREETINGS

Today we celebrate UMOJA – Unity! The first of seven principles of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is rooted in seven principles known as Nguzo Saba, and each value represents an aspect of African philosophy. UMOJA encourages that each member of the family and their respective communities are constructed by interconnected interpersonal relationships. Through UMOJA, we strive for and maintain

December 26, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Shares Holiday Greetings

(Brooklyn, NY) “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone in Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope and the rest of Brooklyn.

Christmas is a special time of year where we remember that more than 2,000 years ago, a child born in a stable brought us the gift of peace and salvation. It is also the time of year where we are called upon to love our families, friends, neighbors and community as we love ourselves, because our destinies are linked. Or, to say it another way, we are our brother’s and sister’s keeper.

December 25, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER TO HOSPITALIZED CHILDREN

Brooklyn, NY- While many parents were shopping and preparing for the revelry of the holidays on Friday, December 20th, others that were sitting by their children’s bedsides in Brooklyn’s hospitals received a surprise appearance from Senator Kevin Parker, who visited the pediatrics departments of both Kings County Hospital Center and the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, to spread holiday cheer and distribute toys. Family members and their children were all smiles to receive an unwrapped toy from the Brooklyn lawmaker who distributed more than 700 toys among the community-based organizations and churches of his district this year, and in previous years.

December 23, 2013
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Senator Parker to Speak on Mental Health Justice

Senator Parker to speak this evening at the Center for International Human Rights at John Jay College for Criminal Justice on the critical issue of Mental Health Justice: Stigmatization and the Challenge of Inclusion. 

December 10, 2013
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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 6, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER REFLECTS ON THE PASSING OF NELSON MANDELA

“On Thursday, December 5, 2013, South African President Jacob Zuma announced the passing of South African anti-apartheid icon and former President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. He was 95 at the time of his death and had battled a recurring lung infection in the past few months.

Mandela, affectionately known as ‘Madiba’ by his countrymen and worldwide became a politician and philanthropist, despite a 27-year unjust imprisonment for fighting against the racist apartheid system in South Africa. When he was released Nelson Mandela did not seek vengeance, instead he pioneered the idea that achieving truth and reconciliation was more important than revenge.

December 6, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER REFLECTS ON WORLD AIDS DAY

“Today, on World AIDS Day 2013, I ask you to join me in remembering family, friends, and neighbors lost to HIV/AIDS.

I ask you to join me in remembering nearly three decades of struggle to end discrimination against persons living with HIV/AIDS.

I also ask you to join me in standing with President Obama and in solidarity with everyone around the world who is continuing the struggle to beat this disease and end discrimination.

December 1, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER AND URGES NEW YORKERS TO VOLUNTEER THIS THANKSGIVING

Brooklyn, NY- With devastating cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) affecting families only a week before Thanksgiving, Senator Kevin Parker distributed almost one hundred-plus free turkeys at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Dozens of local community-based organizations, faith-based institutions and non-profit charities who are helping feed the hungry received their turkeys from the Senator so they might prepare traditional dinners to those less fortunate in their respective constituencies. Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Renaissance Home Health Care, Jetro Cash and Carry, and Key Food Supermarket were proud sponsors of this year’s event.

November 21, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER ADVOCATES KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER

Brooklyn, NY- On Monday, November 18, Senator Kevin Parker was one of two featured guests at the screening and discussion of the movie Fighting for Freedom at Albany Law School. The Senator’s co-panelist was Terminator 3 star, the actress and producer, Kristanna Loken. The discussion was moderated by the Law school’s Associate Dean Alicia Oullette and Albany Law professor Sarah Rogerson, who leads the school’s Immigration Project.

November 20, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Introduces College Credits for Veterans

(Brooklyn, NY) – On the eve of the national Veterans Day holiday observance on Monday, November 11, 2013, Senator Kevin Parker (D-21), announced he would be introducing the NY CARES Act (New York College Aid for Returning Empire State Service members).  The bill requires New York’s public and private universities to accept military service for some college credit.

November 11, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER ADVANCES THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR PERMANENT RESIDENTS

Brooklyn, NY- On Saturday, November 9, 2013, State Senator Kevin Parker, Council Member Jumaane Williams (D-45) and The City University of New York Citizenship Now partnered to host a free citizenship application assistance event at Brooklyn College. Over 200 permanent residents from across Brooklyn and New York City received free one-on-one counseling, pro bono legal services and assistance in assessing and completing their applications.

November 9, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER CROWNED A ‘KING OF KINGS COUNTY’

Brooklyn, NY- On Thursday, November 7, 2013, Senator Kevin Parker was declared one of the ‘Kings of Kings County’ at the 3rd Annual Kings of Kings County - A Champions Breakfast Awards & Networking Event. The awards breakfast was held at El Caribe Country Club this year. The purpose of the award is to recognize Brooklyn’s most influential male change agents; people whose major achievements, leadership and participation in the community help strengthen the city. The awards ceremony was attended by hundreds of guests, and preceded by a business expo where business and community leaders had opportunities to network.

November 8, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER PROTECTED 200 SENIORS AGAINST THE FLU THIS SEASON

Brooklyn, NY- On Friday, November 1, 2013, Senator Kevin Parker and event sponsors Citi Home Health Care Services and WellCare, provided free influenza vaccinations for seniors and children in his district. As part of a broad-reaching effort to keep his constituents and Brooklyn residents healthy, Senator Parker, and event sponsors WellCare, Citi Health Home Care, Walgreens, administered more than 60 free flu shots, by a certified nurse practitioners from Walgreen’s Pharmacy, at Lenox Road Baptist Church.

November 6, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Urges Congress to Restore SNAP Funding and Work to Create Middle Class Jobs

(Brooklyn, NY) – Today, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamps Program, will be cut by $5 billion. “I call upon our leaders in Congress to restore funding to SNAP and pass legislation that will create strong middle-class jobs,” said Senator Parker. “People are hurting and instead of promoting policies to guarantee food security and grow the economy, House leaders would rather impede our economic recovery and shut down the government,” continued Parker.

November 1, 2013
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Senator Parker Calls on House Speaker John Boehner not to Gut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

(Brooklyn, NY)- “Our country's most vulnerable populations, seniors, children, hungry families and the disabled have relied on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program since the early 1940s. We must not balance the nation's budget upon the backs of working families, the Greatest Generation, and the less fortunate. That is why I am urging the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives, under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, to save SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program).

File: 
Parker Letter to Speaker Boehner Opposing Cuts to SNAP

October 31, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Mourns the Loss of former Congressman Major Owens

(Brooklyn, NY) “Please join me in extending heartfelt condolences to the Owens family on the loss of a devoted husband and father, former Congressman and longtime local leader Major Owens.

A fixture in the Brooklyn Community, Major Owens began his career as a librarian whose work as a crusader for working class families led him into fighting poverty as part of the Lindsay Administration in the 1960s, and eventually into a position as a New York State Senator.

October 24, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER OFFERS FREE FLU SHOTS TO SENIORS AND CHILDREN

Brooklyn, NY-  Yesterday, Senator Kevin Parker and event sponsors Citi Home Helath Care Services and WellCare, provided free influenza vaccinations for seniors and children in his district as part of a broad-reaching effort to keep his constituents and Brooklyn residents healthy. More than 50 free flu shots were administered by certified nurse practitioners from Walgreen’s Pharmacy.

October 24, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Hosts Free Flu Shots on 10/23/13 and 11/01/13

Senator Kevin Parker in Conjunction with Citi Health Home Care Services and WellCare Offer Free Flu Shots

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Senator Parker's District Office, 1300 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11210

Friday, November 1, 2013 from 10:00am - 3:00pm, Lenox Road Baptist Church, 1356 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11226

 

 

October 23, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Senator Parker Recognizes October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

(Brooklyn, NY) -Senator Parker (D-Brooklyn) today announced that October 2013 is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“Last year 58% of female homicide victims in New York aged 16 and up were killed by an intimate partner, Senator Parker said. “That horrific violence must end, and we must work together starting with raising awareness of domestic violence in our communities and our willingness to reach out to friends, family, and neighbors to let them know that help is available and they don’t have to go it alone.”

October 7, 2013
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