"The struggles of low-wage workers in our community is a serious problem that needs to be addressed by increasing the minimum wage. Check out this report by the Senate Democratic Conference outlining this important issue." - Senator Parker (D-21)
Brooklyn, NY- With New York State’s unemployment rate at 8.5% as of March 2012, connecting employers and out-of-work Brooklyn residents was the impetus for State Senator Kevin Parker’s 5th Annual Job Fair on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. The joint event with Penda Aiken, Inc., a certified Women/Minority Business Enterprise (W/MBE) staffing and administrative support agency in Brooklyn featured more than 30 federal, state, private and non-profit companies. Slightly more than 300 people thronged to the all-day event at the Flatbush YMCA, to meet with prospective employers and attend job readiness training workshops.
Donald Day is a vice commander with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Department of New York. A United States Marine, he was honored with the Leatherneck Award from Leatherneck Magazine. He is a Vietnam-Era veteran with tours of duty in Europe and Southeast Asia.
He was injured while working with the 3rd Light Anti-Aircraft Missile Battalion at the 2nd Marine Corps Air Wing. Assigned to the staff of the Judge Advocate, Donald Day served as a Legal Chaser and Court Bailiff in Summary, General and Special Court Marshals. While on duty as a field radio operator Corporal Day was awarded with the United States Marine Corps Certificate of Commendation for his “esprit de corps” in the multi-national NATO arena and a Medal of Good Conduct.
Senator Parker with participants and supporters of the Advocacy Academy, a program sponsored by the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College. Also pictured with the group is Senator Velmanette Montgomery.
Academy participants, who are comprised of faith and community based organization leaders, came to Albany as part of their 16 week-learning experience in advocating for their groups and the issues that are important to them. Among other things, the Advocacy Academy offered practical instruction on how to impact government policies through effective interaction with elected officials and governmental agencies.
Senator Parker passed J3789 Commemorating the 47th Anniversary of "Bloody Sunday".
On March 7, 1965, 600 civil rights demonstrators marched 54 miles from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery, Alabama. The demonstrators organized to promote black voter registration and challenge the killing of Jimmie Lee Jackson, who had been killed by an Alabama state trooper three weeks earlier while trying to protect his mother at a civil rights demonstration. For 100 years after Emancipation laws, intimidation tactics, and violence prevented African-Americans from going to the polls.