Social Action In Albany
During the 52nd Annual Legislative Conference hosted by the New York State Association of Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislators, Inc. (NYSABPRL), February 17-19, 2023 in Albany, NY, members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. engaged in social action. The Conference gave voice to New York’s residents and employees who historically have not been represented during conversations about issues, policies, and legislation that have an impact on their daily lives and communities.
Deltas were at the Conference collecting names and numbers, and demanding action and accountability. They also attended workshops and forums focused on a plethora of issues, which included: reducing disparities in healthcare, how to become a leader in the new marijuana industry, making housing available and affordable, criminal justice reform, enhancing the equitable distribution of wealth, closing achievement gaps in education, and increasing MWBE opportunities.
The Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (BAC) shared information with attendees and participated in a forum on “The State of Black Motherhood in New York State-Navigating the Journey”, with NYS Assemblymember Stefani Zinerman (Assembly District 56). BAC President Kenya Johnson challenged the audience, its allies, and the medical community to stand up for Black motherhood and provide quality care respectfully.
Throughout the Conference, recognition was given to thought leaders and social activists who maintain[ed] integrity and excel[led] in their communities in the face of systemic injustice. Because of them, the New York State Association of Black, Puerto Rican Hispanic & Asian Legislators Inc. (NYSABPRHAL) was founded by legislative caucus members in 1985, as a non-political, 501(c)(3) charitable organization. NYSABPRHAL’s fundamental purpose is to promote the common good, social and general welfare of the various people of the community; foster and maintain an interest in racial tolerance in the world; to encourage the development of the community; and promote economic growth.
The event filled weekend concluded with a Scholarship Gala, followed by an after party hosted by the “Brooklyn Power Ballers”. Proceeds from the Gala provide financial assistance to students from low/moderate income families based on eligibility criteria established by the NYSABPRL. For more information about the New York State Association of Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislators, Inc., its community advancement efforts, and to make a tax-deductible donation to the scholarship fund, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, write: NYSABPRHAL c/o P.O. Box 2079, Empire Plaza Station, Albany, NY 12220, call: (518) 427-8363, or visit: nysabprlinc.org/scholarships.