Monday, October 26, 2015

Four Freedoms Democratic Club Hosting Meet And Greet With Roosevelt Island's NY State Senator Jose Serrano Tuesday October 27 - Discuss #NYSpeakUp Again Domestic Violence And Other Issues

Are you interested in Democratic Party politics and wish to meet like minded folks? If yes, come join the Four Freedoms Democratic Club members Tuesday, October 27 to meet and greet NY State Senator Jose Serrano at the Roosevelt Island Riverwalk Bar & Grill (425 Main Street).

According to the Four Freedoms Democratic Club:
The Four Freedoms Democratic Club is hosting a Meet And Greet With Roosevelt Island's NY State Senator Jose Serrano Tuesday

On Tuesday, October 27th, at 7pm, the Four Freedoms Democratic Club gets back into its regular last-Tuesday-of-the-month event with a meet and greet with Senator Jose M. Serrano!

Come over and say hi to the Senator, have a discussion about what he has been working on and hear more about what the Senate Democrats have planned over the upcoming year.

There is no cost for this event and the bar will have its regular menu available.
Earlier this month Senator Serrano announced a social media campaign for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
According to this press release from Senator Serrano:
... Every day in October, Senator Serrano will be posting facts, stories, articles, and resources relating to domestic violence across social media. All of these posts will use the hashtag #NYSpeakUp. The Senator is encouraging everyone who is affected or knows someone affected by domestic violence to add to the conversation online by using the hashtag. These posts will be an effort to spark a conversation and shed light on an issue that too often goes unmentioned.

“We have a responsibility to address the unfortunate reality of domestic violence and assist domestic violence survivors as they move forward with their lives,” Senator Serrano said. “Often times victims of domestic violence are afraid to speak up and feel alone in their struggle. In fact, only an estimated 25% of all female domestic violence assaults are reported to the police. It is my hope that we can harness the power of social media to give a voice to those that are suffering in silence. By speaking up, we can show our friends, family members, and neighbors that they are not alone and that there are resources available to them.”

Domestic Violence accounted for more than 25% of reported physical assault cases in New York State during 2012. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 70% of domestic violence incidents go unreported. Survivors of domestic violence often suffer more than just physical injuries, survivors are often faced with mental and emotional trauma. Children who witness violence in the home, including its aftermath, can suffer severe emotional and developmental challenges that are similar to those who have been abused directly.

“The Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV) applauds Senator Serrano’s #NYSpeakUp campaign, which not only helps draw attention to Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but also helps disseminate crucial resources and information to victims of domestic violence, their supporters and advocates. Since the start of Mayor de Blasio’s administration two years ago, intimate-partner homicides have fallen by 25% in New York City. So much of this is due to awareness. We at OCDV thank Senator Serrano for being a strong voice and an active participant in the campaign to end domestic violence in our City. He is a true UpStander,” said Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV) Commissioner, Rosemonde Pierre-Louis....
Click here for the full statement by Senator Serrano on Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

More info on the Four Freedoms Democratic Club available at their web site and Facebook page.

Also, Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos announced the launch of a domestic violence and family law clinic. According to this October 22 press release:
A domestic violence and family law clinic was announced yesterday by Council Member Ben Kallos to be offered in his district office in partnership with the Urban Justice Center (UJC). Occurring the second Monday of every month, the clinic will offer constituents the opportunity to meet with a staff member from UJC's Domestic Violence Project to discuss issues including child custody, divorce, identity theft, and domestic violence. Council District 5 residents can reserve hour-long, one-on-one appointments through the Council Member's office. The first session will take place on November 9th from 2pm to 6pm....

...Residents of Council District 5 who are experiencing a family law issue or would like to refer someone for assistance can contact Council Member Kallos’ office at 212-860-1950 to schedule an appointment to meet with a UJC representative. The Council Member’s office is a safe place and appointments will remain confidential....
Click here for the full press release.