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.
(Brooklyn, NY) I am truly devastated by the tragedy that occurred this February 26, 2012. On that day, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17 year-old was gunned down by George Zimmerman under the guise of Florida’s “Stand your Ground” law. Today, I wear my hoodie in solidarity with my fellow Senate and Assembly colleagues in his honor.
State Senator Kevin Parker (D-21) Interviews Stephen Allinger, Legislative Director for New York State United Teachers
The Importance of Education, Campaign on Fiscal Education law suit, Green Schools
NYSUT is more than 600,000 people who work in, or are retired from, New York's schools, colleges, and healthcare facilities. Dedicated to improving not only working conditions, but also professions, with a common commitment to improve the quality of education and healthcare for the people of New York.
(Albany, NY) Senator Kevin Parker and Assemblyman Karim Camara have introduced legislation that establishes an independent inspector general for the New York City Police Department. In recent years we have witnessed serious abuses by the NYPD, whether for racially and religious discriminatory policies such as stop and frisk, the wholesale surveillance of the Muslim community in New York City and other jurisdictions, and the mistreatment of the Occupy Wall St. protesters. In some of these situations the public was given misinformation and even deliberately misled.