The Brooklyn Young Democrats were in the house last weekend as they sent a large delegation to the annual New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators caucus weekend gathering in Albany.
The delegation included BYD President John Wasserman, Executive Vice-President Christina Das, Northern Regional Vice-President Sofia Quintanar, Central Regional Vice-President Keshia Adams, Secretary Amanda Dennis-James, and Treasurer Andrew Midgett. Aiding the executive team was a large group of young diverse leaders from across Kings County including District Leader from the 42nd Assembly District Josue Pierre.
The BYD delegation participated in numerous workshops and conferences including the Mental Health and Healthcare Disparities in Black and Latino Communities, Women’s EmpowHERmen Luncheon, NYDLC’s Seminar on Voter ID laws, Assembly Member Nick Perry’s Soiree, Governor Cuomo’s Brunch, MWBE Civics Expo, and the Caucus Gala.
BYD continues its work of information and networking with New York’s political leaders in issues that matter to young advocates of progressive values. From equal access in government to subcontracts for MWBEs to ballot access for diverse candidates, the BYD were on the front lines of the conversation making sure that the needs of marginalized communities were heard.
“Communities of Color need to have their voices heard and a seat at the table, and Caucus weekend is a great opportunity to highlight those who are leading the movement and to collaborate on the work that needs to be done,” said Das.
:That is why I am proud that women of color led this year’s delegation from Brooklyn to Albany. Of course, none of this would be possible without Assemblymember [Latrice] Walker’s hard work and hospitality in sponsoring BYD, so I thank her and we look forward to working together in the future.”