Dubbed by the Washington Post as “Brooklyn’s Barack Obama,” Congressman Hakeem Jeffries joined Congressman Jamaal Bowman for a town hall at Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church (312 South 8th Avenue) in Mount Vernon, Tuesday, September 27th. Both US Representatives held a discussion on the Black Agenda, fighting for our very democracy, education, our rights, the importance of everyone getting out and voting especially in this election, and a run down on what the Democrats have been able to accomplished in a polarized political atmosphere. With all the noise in the news its easy to miss all that has been accomplished.
Over a hundred local elected officials, advocates, activists and residents came out to share their priorities and learn about how their Congressional Representative is working to meet the needs of the district. (See Town Hall in its entirety below.)
The Town Hall started off with a welcome from Rev. Dr. Stephen Pogue, Pastor of Greater Centennial and President of the United Black Clergy of Westchester. Followed by opening remarks from Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard and a powerful performance by Spoken Word Artist Thomas Ray. The Congressmen were introduced by Rev. Pogue and Serapher Conn-Haveli, the COO of Mt. Vernon Social Adult Daycare Center and acknowledgments by Westchester County Legislator (District 11) the Honorable Terry Clements.
“It was great to have Congressmen Bowman and Jefferies in the 16th district, to speak about the issues that matter to us in our communities,” Rev. Pogue shared with Black Westchester after the Town Hall. “The need to vote is essential that we may send leaders who are not afraid to speak truth to power.”
Rep Jeffries reminded all in attendance that we are voting to save our democracy, everyone needs to get up, get out and vote. The General Election is November 8, 2022.
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