I hope that 2018 brings us good health, prosperity and Democratic Victories!
2017 marked my first full year serving as Democratic State Committeeman/District Leader. This was only made possible by the continued support of friends, donors, voters, and volunteers.
We have made it to another year. 2018 will bring its own set of challenges and opportunities. The lessons of the past must be used to meet the challenges that we will undoubtedly face in both our personal lives and our society.
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
I look forward to a year of growth and hearing from people like yourself, who care about particular issues and have a unique perspective to share. I'm just an email away.
Below are 12 highlights our team selected to share with you for the 2017 roundup.
On a cold January morning, we took a trip to our nation's capital, Washington D.C., with local women (and men) to announce our unending support for the girls and women of America. We wanted to let Trump know that we will not accept women being treated as anything other than full citizens of this great nation and I felt it was important, as a man, for me to stand side-by-side with these young ladies as they made their demands.
2. Co-hosted an immigration forum with State Senator Kevin Parker, Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, & Council Member Jumaane D. Williams
The room was filled to capacity. When asked how many people felt afraid for themselves or their neighbors, 90% of the people in the room had their hands raised. When asked by Council Member Jumaane Williams, at the end of the event, "How many people here feel better informed?" every hand went up. Council Member Williams then asked, "How many people still feel scared?", all those hands from before were raised again.
3. Always find time for family
One of my favorite moments of 2017, was taking my oldest nephew, Zion Pierre, for a surprise trip across the Brooklyn Bridge to conquer his fear of heights. See video below:
4. Attended the 46th annual New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Inc. Weekend Conference in Albany, NY with some of the members of #TeamPierre
One of my goals as Democratic State Committeeman & District Leader is to make the idea of government less of a far-off powerful institution to people like you and me, and more of a tangible and real part of our lives.
My team members and I had the opportunity to be at our state's seat of government (Albany), during The New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. 46th Annual Weekend Conference.
5. Spring Fundraiser
I'd like to extend a special thank you to all of the donors and supporters that came in support of these wonderful judicial candidates. Congratulations to all the candidates who were successfully elected to serve on the bench.
6. Candidate Forum for Brooklyn DA, City Council and Judicial Delegates hosted by the Shirley Chisholm Democratic Club, Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte and District Leader Josue Pierre.
7. True Blue NY's Grass Roots Summit
Below is a video from an opportunity I had to speak on a panel with other progressives and Democrats on how we can truly turn New York State into a Blue State, which pushes policies and initiatives that increase opportunities for education, good paying jobs, homeownership, and civic engagement for all New Yorkers. Special thanks to True Blue NY for inviting me.
8. With donations from many community members, like yourself, Mark Appel's Bridge Multicultural Advocacy Project and I co-hosted a Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Drive, which collected many products to sent down to the island for those in need, following an epic hurricane.
Thank you to all those who donated and volunteered their time.
9. Summer Fundraiser - Thank you to all the donors who continue to support our efforts financially.
10. Shirley Chisholm Democratic Club hosted a panel discussion on the New York State Constitutional Convention aka "Con-Con". Surprisingly not everyone agreed on "Yes" or "No".
Special thanks to club president Rona Taylor, and secretary Lisa Derrick, for organizing this wonderful community event.
Welcome to 2018!
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