Friday Odds & Ends March March 24, 2017

Chinese Community’s Kings County District Attorney Candidate Forum

The Chinese Political Club of Brooklyn will be hosting a candidate forum for the Kings County District Attorney position that will be open in this year’s election.

All declared candidate has been confirmed to attend this forum and meet with the Chinese community of Brooklyn. The candidates will discuss the issues that are currently affecting the Chinese community of Brooklyn and how, if elected, the candidates will be working with the Chinese community to ensure that Brooklyn is a safe place for all.

Members of the community will have a chance to meet with the candidates and to ask questions. This forum is to discuss issues strictly relating to the Chinese community and the host has the right to turn down questions if it is deemed unrelated to the Chinese community. Cantonese and Mandarin interpretation will be available upon request.

The forum is slated for between 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, April 5 at 8681 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst.

Adams, Reyna Host Embrace Your Hyphen” Citizenship Drive

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna will hold their second annual “Embrace Your Hyphen” Citizenship Drive tomorrow.

The event celebrates the unique cultural diversity of Brooklyn and unifying various communities around shared values. Amid national anxiety around immigration, hundreds of legal permanent residents will receive free assistance with their naturalization applications and have legal questions answered by more than 100 experienced immigration attorneys.

There are more than 200,000 Brooklynites who are eligible to be naturalized, with the greatest concentrations residing in Bensonhurst, Bushwick, East Flatbush, and Sunset Park. Adams and Reyna will speak to the importance of Brooklyn preserving the pathway to citizenship as well as embracing its diverse identity.

Organizations participating in the “Embrace Your Hyphen” Citizenship Drive, which is sponsored by Affinity Health Plan, include the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – New York Chapter; Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteers Lawyers Project (VLP); Central American Legal Assistance; Coalition of Latin American Consuls in New York; Columbia Law School; Dominicanos USA, IDNYC; Make the Road New York; New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA); Southside Community Mission; Society of Foreign Consuls in New York, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

The event is slated for 2 p.m., tomorrow, March 25 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

Hamilton Partners With Medgar Evers College For Two Weekend Events

State Sen. Jesse Hamilton (D-Central Brooklyn) is hosting two events at Medgar Ever College this weekend in celebration of Women’s History Month.

The first event is the Host Girls Tech Challenge, which on Saturday will bring together more than thirty 7th to 12th grader girls from across Central Brooklyn to participate in a coding workshop and app development challenge all in under 12 hours – starting at 8 a.m. and concluding at 8 p.m.,

The Girls Tech Challenge exposes young women to future career options available in the field of information technology and coding. Given that minority communities and women are grossly underrepresented in the information technology industry, the Girls Tech Challenge aims to ensure underserved youth have equal opportunities to participate, excel, and develop their talents.

Judges for the competition include Matt Curinga, Professor at Adelphi University, Kai Williams, graduate student at Adelphi University, Alexei Oulanov, Acting Head Librarian at Medgar Evers College Library, and Mike Danza of Kingsborough Community College, with additional judges to be announced.

Community sponsors for the event include Blue 1647, Medgar Evers College Library, Digital Girl, Golden Crust, Gino’s Cucina Brick Oven Pizza, and Billy’s Pizza and Pasta.

The awards ceremony for the girls teen challenge is slated for 6:30 p.m., tomorrow, March 25 at Medgar Evers College Library, 1650 Bedford Avenue.

In the second event Hamilton and the Medgar Evers College Library will host a Conference on Women and the Abolitionist Movement that brings together academics, curators, community scholars, activists, and neighborhood residents.


The Medgar Evers College Library Conference on Women and the Abolitionist Movement is inspired by the energy of public history as practiced by a wide variety of people who do many different kinds of research in the community and in the academy. The conference builds on the tremendous interest in slavery and resistance in the North which was spurred by the fight to save the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan and the Duffield Abolitionist story in Brooklyn.

Presentations will include new publications on Fredrick Douglass’s speeches in Brooklyn in support of women’s suffrage, 19th century advocacy for desegregated public transportation system in New York City, and new research on Harriet Truesdale, a leading female Abolitionist who lived at 227 Duffield Street.

The event is slated from 12 noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 26 at Medgar Evers College Library, 1650 Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights.

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