March 27, 2012
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.
Senator Parker expressed his disappointment with the "cracking" "packing" and "stacking" of the Senate Republicans in drawing redistricting lines which in his opinion would bring New York back to the times pre-Bloody Sunday when people of color were prevented from going to the polls.
About Senator Parker:
Senator Kevin S. Parker is intimately familiar with the needs of his ethnically diverse community that consists of 311,000 constituents in Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington and Borough Park. He is the Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, former Majority Whip and Chair of the Democratic Task Force on New Americans.