Bill Text: NY J01996 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Black Veterans for Social Justice, Inc.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 40-22)

Status: (Passed) 2019-06-18 - ADOPTED [J01996 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-J01996-Introduced.html

Senate Resolution No. 1996


        COMMEMORATING   the   40th  Anniversary  of  Black
        Veterans for Social Justice, Inc.

  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to  commend  those
illustrious  organizations  of  the  State  of  New York whose focus and
intent have made a substantial impact on the quality of  life  in  their
communities; and

  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to  such  concern,  and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this  Legislative  Body  is  justly  proud  to
commemorate  the  40th Anniversary of Black Veterans for Social Justice,
Inc.; and

  WHEREAS, In 1979, Job Mashariki founded Black  Veterans  for  Social
Justice,  Inc.,  an  organization  that  was  an outgrowth of the social
justice movement; it  is  the  largest  private  community-based  agency
serving  New York City's Veterans, their families and the community; Mr.
Mashariki served as President/CEO for 30 years; and

  WHEREAS, Black Veterans for  Social  Justice  (BVSJ)  was  initially
established to assist veterans of the Vietnam War reintegrate with their
families, communities, and the greater society; and

  WHEREAS,  This  vital  organization  has  evolved  since  its humble
beginnings to become a true fixture in the community,  providing  tender
loving  care and a listening ear to all veterans and community residents
who seek to be a productive part of society; and

  WHEREAS,  BVSJ  annually  serves  an  average  of  12,000   clients,
maintains  400  units  of  housing  and  several  commercial spaces, and
provides an array of programs and social services, including its Veteran
Service Center, Homeless Veterans Reintegration Programs, Job  To  Build
On/Consortium  Of  Worker  Education,  Advocacy and Cultural Activities,
Division of Housing Management, Solutions to  End  Homelessness  Program
(STEHP),  Food  Pantry  Service,  HIV/AIDS  Prevention  &  Outreach, and
Veterans Advisory Groups (VAG); and

  WHEREAS, Remaining true to its mission, Black  Veterans  for  Social
Justice is dedicated to servicing military personnel, veterans and their
families  in  the  areas  of  social  readjustment, housing, employment,
compensation,  disability,  substance  abuse,  medical  treatment,  Post
Traumatic  Stress  Syndrome,  family intervention, prison counseling and
relocation into the community, legal advocacy,  discharge  up-grade  and
redress of grievances within and outside the military; and

  WHEREAS,  Black Veterans for Social Justice believes all persons can
be productive, positive contributors to  society,  regardless  of  race,
sex,  social  class,  military labels or problems beset on them; it also
believes all humans wish to do the right thing, but do not often get the
opportunity,  and  given  a  helping  hand,  all  people,   particularly
veterans, will respond positively and productively; and

  WHEREAS,  Over its distinguished 40-year history, Black Veterans for
Social Justice has demonstrated continuous service to the residents  and
communities which it serves; and

  WHEREAS,  The  success  of  Black  Veterans for Social Justice is in
direct correlation to the efforts of its Chief Executive  Officer  Wendy
McClinton,  as well as its dedicated staff and Board of Directors, whose
involvement is, and always has  been,  characterized  by  an  impressive
commitment,  an  unbridled enthusiasm, and an uncompromising standard of
excellence in all endeavors  on  behalf  of  the  organization  and  the
community it serves; and

  WHEREAS,  This  auspicious occasion presents an opportunity for this
Legislative Body to recognize and pay  tribute  to  Black  Veterans  for
Social Justice; and

  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom  of  this  Legislative  Body that when
individuals and organizations of such noble aims and accomplishments are
brought to our attention, they should be celebrated  and  recognized  by
all the citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Black Veterans for  Social  Justice,
Inc.; and be it further

  RESOLVED,  That  a  copy  of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Wendy McClinton, Chief Executive Officer, Black  Veterans
for Social Justice, Inc.