Brooklyn, NY – In recognition of the leadership that he provides as a member of the New York State legislature, Senator Parker was formally inducted as an Honorary Fellow of The Alpha Chapter of the Pi Eta Kappa Honor Society at Medgar Evers College. The annual ceremony which celebrates the academic achievement and membership in the Honor Society of urban male student-scholars at Medgar Evers College was organized in conjunction with the College’s Male Development and Empowerment Center.
Today is yet another sad day in New York City as the officers accused in the Sean Bell killing are acquitted of all charges. It is another day of outrage. It is difficult to comprehend how police officers in New York City can continue to blur the line between protection and destruction of black men and yet have justice turn a blind eye. The shooting of Sean Bell is more than an injustice to his family and fiancée – it is an indictment against the entire black community.
Brooklyn, NY – A 101-year-old grandmother was among a diverse group of constituents who read Dr. King’s "I Have A Dream" Speech at a special tribute on Monday that was hosted by State Senator Kevin Parker (D-21). More than two thousand patrons attended the "Shared Dream" concert at Brooklyn College which celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On what would have been his 79th birthday.
Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Kevin Parker today announced the resignation of his Chief of Staff, who has moved on to a position in the education sector.
Glynda Carr, who has been the Senator’s Chief-of-Staff since he was elected to office in 2002, has accepted a new and exciting position as New York State Executive Director of the League of Education Voters.
In his continued efforts to spread holiday joy to the children of the 21st Senate District, State Senator Kevin Parker hosted his 4th annual Toy Giveaway Day at his East Flatbush district office. More than 40 families were the beneficiaries of the 350 toys donated by Health Plus, Forest City Ratner, COCOAChiC Beauty, Build-A-Bear, Inc., and Macy’s. "As elected officials we spend so much of our time on policy and other issues that it is always a welcomed opportunity to take time out to be with the kids," Senator Parker said.
In his response to the blood shortage in New York State, State Senator Kevin Parker, conducted a massive blood drive in his district in conjunction with the Flatbush Development Corporation. As Honorary Chair of the Brooklyn/Staten Island Blood Services, 2007 Blood Donor Campaign, Senator Parker is passionate about holding to our civic responsibilities of supporting blood donations.
Doing his part to promote healthy living, State Senator Kevin hosted a day of free mammograms at his district office located in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. With the aid of the health mobile bus unit, more than 20 women were facilitated in taking the test that can save lives with the early detection of breast cancer. Women over the age of 40 who have not had a mammogram in the past year were encouraged to take advantage of this excellent opportunity by making appointments and taking the test.
Brooklyn, NY – As part of his annual Thanksgiving kick-off, State Senator Parker distributed turkeys to constituents of his district. The turkeys, each individually wrapped, were donated by Health Plus and Forest City Ratner. The majority of the turkeys were donated to community organizations and churches who distributed them to families in need within the community.
Brooklyn, NY – In the face of mounting anti-immigrant sentiments nationwide and the absence of a comprehensive immigration reform plan by the federal government, more than 100 "green card" holders in Brooklyn grasped at the opportunity to become United States citizens. The occasion was a citizenship assistance campaign hosted by State Senator Kevin Parker in conjunction with the Citizenship and Immigration Project of CUNY.
Brooklyn, NY – A cross-section of eager residents attended a Brooklyn town hall meeting to hear firsthand information about the new Department of Motor Vehicles policy surrounding the issuance of New York State driver licenses. Presenting the information was DMV Commissioner David J Swarts who gave a full account of the administration’s existing policy, the new policy to be implemented and also the proposed security enhancements.
Adding his voice to the chorus of voices that have spoken out about the injustices of the Jena 6, State Senator Kevin Parker reminded the community at large that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. This serves as a reminder that days of segregation and Jim Crow laws were just a few decades ago and these policies still have a lot to do with race relations in this country." W.E.B Du Bois told us that the ‘problem of the 20th Century is the color-line.’ And it continues to be in the 21st Century.
Brooklyn, NY – The back-to-school experience was made a lot smoother for hundreds of children and their parents who benefitting from the family jamboree and giveaway hosted by State Senator Kevin Parker. Similarly, has he had sone for the past three years, Senator Parker promoted the end of summer event as a fun family day. This year however, it was hosted in conjunction with Redemption Inc. and New Hope Christian Fellowship Center and so attracted a wider cross-section of people from the district and surrounding areas. With a collective effort of Senator Parker’s office, Redemption Inc.
Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices, a school and center for children with autism, recently hosted a legislative breakfast attended by hundreds of prominent community leaders, elected officials and members of the clergy who displayed their deep support for this community-based organization. New York Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith presented State Senator Kevin Parker with the Legislative Leadership Award, in light of his years of public service, ongoing commitment to children and families with special needs and support for autism research.