West Indian Day Parade 2016

 

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#TeamPierre wants to thank all the supporters, donors, and friends like you, who made our Labor Day Parade walk the success that it was. Thank You!

Many members of #TeamPierre came out with their posters, t-shirts, and our banner to let Brooklyn, NYC know about our candidate, Josue Pierre, and our campaign. There was lots of dancing and selfies. We've selected a few pictures from the event to share with you below. You'll also find a link to our Facebook page where there are more pictures. Don't forget to like our page. 

 

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Today, August 28 marks the 53rd anniversary of the March on Washington

The struggle continues 53 years later

 

Today, August 28th, marks the 53rd anniversary of the March on Washington, led by Dr. Martin Luther King. The main focus of the march was housing and jobs. Yet, here we are 53 years later with many of the same issues and concerns. This is not to say that we have not made progress, but as we face a housing crisis in NYC that cuts across all races and classes, it's time that we all realize we're in the same boat, and start working towards affordable housing for all. We already know that progressive policies with the right government investments are what is needed, and to get that done we need people like you voicing your support and concern on the issues.

Below is a great 2013 article regarding the March on Washington ad the issues of that day. I hope you enjoy reading it. 

Thanks,

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Josue (Josh) Pierre
Democratic State Committeeman/
District Leader, 42nd Assembly District of NY

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The March on Washington and the work of the Urban Institute

 

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August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, best remembered for Martin Luther King’s visionary speech anticipating the day when Americans “will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

But the March on Washington was not only a demonstration for civil rights. Its full name was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and its demands extended beyond civil rights and voting rights to include economic rights. The 250,000 Americans who assembled around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool demanded the rights to get and keep a job, live in a decent home, obtain quality healthcare and education, and escape from poverty.

Over the five years that followed, Congress enacted a broad and ambitious array of “Great Society” initiatives introduced by Lyndon Johnson in response to the nationwide calls amplified by those who marched in 1963. The most famous programs of that era include the Civil Rights Act (1964), the Voting Rights Act (1965), Medicare (1965), and Medicaid (1965). But those years also saw passage of legislation touching almost every dimension of our social and economic lives:

  • The Economic Opportunity Act (1964) created Job Corps, VISTA, and other job training programs intended to alleviate poverty;
  • the Food Stamp Act (1964) expanded the Food Stamp Program that had been piloted in 1961;
  • the Urban Mass Transportation Act (1964) authorized funding for mass transit and created what is now the Federal Transit Administration;
  • the Immigration and Nationality Act (1965) ended immigration preferences for northern Europeans;
  • the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965) provided federal financial assistance for educational opportunities and emphasized equal access to education for all;
  • the Higher Education Act (1965) provided financial assistance for postsecondary students;
  • the Older Americans Act (1965) funded health, nutrition, and civil rights services for the elderly;
  • the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act (1966) provided for better coordination of public projects in cities and transportation projects nationwide; and
  • the Fair Housing Act (1968) outlawed racial discrimination in the private housing market.

For the full article - Click this link 

 


My First Democratic State Committee Meeting

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I had my first meeting of the New York State Democratic Committee yesterday morning, Thursday, Augusts 25th, 2016.

It was an honor to be formally voted in by the Executive Committee to serve until the September 13th Primary. We immediately went into Democratic Party business. 

 

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The main item on the agenda was the nomination of the Electors to the President and Vice President of the United States. They will cast New York's 29 electoral college votes when Hillary Clinton wins in September.

 

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Special shoutout to Basil Smikle, our Executive Director, and Christine Quinn, our Executive Committee Chair, for taking the time to discuss the Presidential race, and African American voter participation with me before the meeting.

#TeamPierre #OpportunityForAll #StrongerTogether


A Political Star On The Rise

A Political Star On The Rise

By Ernest Skinner 

On what has been the most humid evening of summer so far, a rather diverse group of several dozens of friends, family and supporters of 42nd Assembly District Democratic State Committeeman (Male District Leader) Josue (Josh) Pierre crowded into Tonel Restaurant and Lounge in East Flatbush to celebrate his selection as the replacement to succeed Ed Powell in that position and to add to his coffers as he prepares to face the voters in the Democratic Party Primary in September.

 

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A steady stream of speakers took turns to rain praises on and offer encouragement to Josh, including Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, Democratic State Committee Members Cory Provost of the 48th Assembly District and Nancy Tong of the 47th Assembly District.

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Other luminaries at the event included Jackson Rockingster of HABNET, John Wasserman of Brooklyn Young Democrats, Jeff Lindor of Groomed Success, and Rubain Dorancy of Haitian American Association for Political Action (HAAPA).

Also in attendance but did not speak were Civil Court Judge Wan and Ernest Skinner, Community Liaison of Council Member Jumaane D. Williams,

Obviously touched by the salutes, Josue Pierre went to great pains to recognize several persons in the room who have been the anchors of support for not only this campaign but from when he first sought the office unsuccessfully against Ed Powell.

 

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He then outlined his ” Opportunity for All ” agenda, which includes Affordable Housing, Jobs, Education, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Safe Streets.

Pierre was was heartedly applauded when he referenced the unfortunate circumstance whereby his mother was wounded by a stray bullet while talking with a neighbor and pledged that they will stay firmly rooted in East Flatbush.



See original Article: http://www.kingscountypolitics.com/josue-josh-pierre-political-star-rise/


Our prayers and condolences go out to the family of Gerald Cummings.

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Saddened & angry to be speaking about a Brooklyn dad shot to death after defending his teenage son 

Our prayers and condolences go out to the family of Gerald Cummings. http://www.nydailynews.com/…/robbery-prompted-fatal-brookly…

His life was unique, but these shooting incidents have become routine. We cannot allow gun violence to become our "new normal" 

New York State has strong gun laws, but guns come in from states with weak gun laws.

We thank Shanduke McPhatter and his organization GMACC, NYC Councilman Jumaane D. Williams , AM Rodneyse Rodneyse Bichotte, and Pastor Pastor Gil Monrose for their continued work on this issue.


#TeamPierre has submitted over 1,500 Signatures

#‎TeamPierre submitted over 1,500 signatures!!!

 

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We submitted more than 3 times the number of signatures required from local Democrats, saying they want to see Josue Pierre on the ballot in this election. This is a huge show of confidence in our candidacy and our campaign team. I thank all the volunteers, donors, and club members who have made this possible.

Now that phase one, getting on the ballot, is complete we move on to phase two, getting our message out to the voters.

We are preparing for battle and I need your support. If you have not had a chance to do so, now is the time to make a donation and join #TeamPierre.

Please donate today by clicking this link: https://josuepierre.nationbuilder.com/donate

Join our history making team, sign up to volunteer here: http://josuepierre.nationbuilder.com/volunteer

#TeamPierre #‎Democrat #‎Progressive #‎Brooklyn #‎NYC #‎Flatbush


Memorial Day 2016

 

Friends,

While Memorial Day weekend has become a time for BBQs with family and friends, we must not forget the meaning of this day.

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Many in our nation will mourn the loss of loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice by visiting their graves. Whether we agreed with the causes they fought for or not, on this day we honor the memory of those brave souls.

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Enjoy your BBQs with family and friends. 

 - Josue Pierre

 

 

#MemorialDay


Anti-Violence - Not In My Hood March

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No one should feel unsafe in their own home or our neighborhood streets. 

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I'm very proud of the many young people and community leaders who came out to the annual "Not in My Hood March" hosted by Council Member Jumaane Williams, in East Flatbush and Flatbush.  

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Many generations of us have worked hard to make these communities a better place for all to live. We would be foolish to give them up to gun violence now.

#‎Flatbush #‎EastFlatbush #‎Democrat #‎Progressive #‎TeamPierre #‎gunViolence


HAPPY EASTER ALL!!!

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Wishing you, all those who observe, and their families, a Happy Easter!
 
Joyeuses Pâques!

¡Felices Pascuas!

It's a great opportunity to reach out to the more senior members of our families and community. My personal experience is that grandmas and aunts prefer phone calls to text messages. - Just saying.

Sincerely,  

Josue (Josh) Pierre
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Save CUNY for the sake of our young people

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Today's #‎SaveCUNY rally and march across the Brooklyn Bridge was very inspirational.

Many young New Yorkers came out to let our Governor and the State Legislature know that they want a quality affordable education. The proposed tuition hikes could force more of our students to go into more debt. 

At a time when college debt is crushing the dreams of young and not so young people across the country, New York should be leading the way on affordable education. 

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These young New Yorkers are here at the #‎SaveCUNY rally and march, to say that they want an opportunity at a quality education. This is a major contrast to the images and motives attributed to our young people of color in the media. You won't see this on Fox News or CNN. 

We owe it to these young AMERICANS to give them an opportunity to earn the degrees needed to obtain the good paying jobs in our new economy. Let's give our young Americans a pathway to the middle class, so that they too can become pillars of our society.

I should also mention that some of these young citizens are part of CUNY's Black Male Initiative (#BMI). To learn more about BMI visit: http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/bmi/

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Want to do your part? There is a petition being passed around asking our Governor, fellow #Democrat, Andrew Cuomo and our New York State Legislature NOT to make it harder for our young New Yorkers to obtain a degree by hiking CUNY tuition rates.

 

 


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