Nonprofit focused on affordable housing celebrates 45 years, hosts fundraiser

Southside United HDFC-Los Sures Executive Director Ramon Peguero, Esq.

 

Brooklyn, NY: Forty-five years after opening its doors with a mission of developing affordable housing units in the Southside of Williamsburg, Southside United HDFC-Los Sures is still going strong. On Wednesday, April 26, at 6:00 p.m., the nonprofit will host its annual fundraiser at Freehold Brooklyn, 45 S. 3rd St., to honor its inspirational story, under the theme “Celebrating 45 years of commitment to affordable housing, community development and advocacy.”

“Now more than ever, with affordable housing still being a major issue for residents of Southside Williamsburg, our organization is keenly aware of its role in stabilizing families and the community as a whole, despite the challenges that we face,” said Southside United HDFC-Los Sures Executive Director Ramon Peguero, Esq. “Many organizations close down after 45 years but we are determined to achieve even more in the next 45 years as we work diligently to meet the needs of the community and continue to be a beacon for those who rely on our services.”

The non-profit has expanded its mission over the years and now it not only develops affordable housing units. Los Sures manages affordable housing units, operates a weekly food pantry, hydroponic farm, senior center and provides entitlement services such as tax preparation at through its social services office. Additionally, the organization operates a local museum, El Museo de Los Sures, which is a hub of exquisite artistic expression, attracting patrons from the neighborhood who are eager to experience diverse artworks.

“We hope that the community members will come out in large numbers to support our 45th anniversary fundraiser because it is through their involvement that we are able to provide the menu of services that we do,” Mr. Peguero said.

Among the distinguished individuals who will be honored at the event are Luis Garden Acosta, Founder and President of El Puente; City Councilmember Antonio Reynoso and NY City Council General Counsel Jason Adolfo Otano. Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP will receive the corporate award and a surprise humanitarian award will be presented at the event. Dime Community Bank, which is based in Williamsburg and has been in operation since 1864, is the event’s legacy sponsor, while FG-PH Corporation is the platinum sponsor. Kings County Politics (KCP) is the media sponsor. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact mduran@lossures.org. For interviews, please contact cglover@lossures.org.

Southside United HDFC-Los Sures, www.southsideunitedhdfc.org, is a pioneering, community-based non-profit organization that was among the first to answer the call to rebuild North Brooklyn 45 years ago. Not only has Los Sures undertaken large-scale rehabilitation of many buildings, allowing families and individuals to live comfortably while creating an aesthetically pleasing neighborhood, but the organization provides a range of social services, including a food pantry, a fresh produce distribution center, a senior center, tax preparation assistance, community and tenant advocacy and workshops. The organization also operates a community museum, El Mueso de Los Sures, which showcases diverse artists.–OnPointPress.net–

Jamaica’s AG inspires, guests shine, at Manning’s Ball in New York City

Here is the press release and two pictures of the Manning's Ball where Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte was honored. Thanks for your support. Carmen Glover, Acting PR Officer MPSA-NY Captions: 1. L-R: MPSA Immediate Past President Mr. Kevin K.O. Sangster, Esq., joins MPSA New President Dr. Paulette Porteous-Cole in presenting an award to Jamaica's Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte at the MPSA's 28th Anniversary Reunion Ball, held at Eastwood Manor, on Saturday, October 15, 2016. 2. Jamaica's Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte poses with some of the members of the MPSA past and current Board.

L-R: MPSA Immediate Past President Mr. Kevin K.O. Sangster, Esq., joins MPSA New President Dr. Paulette Porteous-Cole in presenting an award to Jamaica’s Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte at the MPSA’s 28th Anniversary Reunion Ball, held at Eastwood Manor, on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

10/17/16, NY:  Jamaica’s Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, M.P. Q.C., J.P., delivered a searing, inspiring speech on Saturday, October 15 as guest of honor at the 28th annual anniversary reunion ball organized by the New York chapter of Manning’s Past Students Association (MPSA).

“Give back to your country and your school,” she urged the attendees at the event, while providing a road map of her journey from the small town of Paul Island, Westmoreland to her current position as the nation’s chief attorney. “Growing up in Jamaica, going to America was never my goal, even though I ended up studying at two prestigious universities in America,” she said.

Media Professional/MPSA-NY Acting PR Officer/Editorial Director of OnPointPress.net Carmen Glover, who chaired the Ball, poses with her daughter, Ms. Samara Brown, Teacher's Assistant/Marketing Coordinator at OnPointPress.net.

Media Professional/MPSA-NY Acting PR Officer/Editorial Director of OnPointPress.net Carmen Glover, who chaired the Ball, poses with her daughter, Ms. Samara Brown, Teacher’s Assistant/Marketing Coordinator at OnPointPress.net.

She spoke about the fulfillment she derives from living a life of service. She also spoke glowingly about her experiences at her alma mater, where she was named head girl due to her exemplary conduct and impressive academic credentials. “I remember getting the highest score on a test but my teacher, Mr. Revel, was not impressed,” she stated, explaining that he admonished her to strive for better since she was capable of producing at a higher level than her test reflected.

Educator/MPSA-NY Acting Secretary Ms. Elaine Jarrett, takes time out from ushering guests to their seats, to pose for a picture at the Manning's Reunion Ball.

Dedicated Educator/MPSA-NY Acting Secretary Ms. Elaine Jarrett, takes time out from ushering guests to their seats, to pose for a picture at the Manning’s Reunion Ball.

Peppering her remarks with humorous anecdotes, including a dramatic rendering of Miss Lou’s poems that detailed Jamaicans’ penchant for inheriting American accents even if they only visit for a brief time, the attorney general was charming, comfortable and smooth in her delivery. Meanwhile, the guests listened raptly, joining her on the journey as she extolled the virtues of kindness, humility, determination, striving for excellence and demonstrating commitment to helping those who are less fortunate.

In his welcoming remarks, immediate past president Kevin K.O. Sangster, Esq. described the ball as “our signature calendar event, the proceeds of which will go toward supporting ongoing projects at our own dear Manning’s School. As an alumni association, our work over the years has largely been to support our alma mater.” Sangster provided an overview of the achievements that defined his tenure.

2. Jamaica's Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte poses with some of the members of the MPSA past and current Board.

Jamaica’s Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte poses with some of the members of the MPSA past and current Board.

“Under my presidency, the New York Chapter took on, for instance, the renovation of the school’s Home Economics Center as a key project. We completed phase one last December, improving the Food and Nutrition department into a room befitting a school of Manning’s caliber, and we are now getting ready to complete phase two, the Clothing and Textiles, department, having successfully raised funds to do so.”

Incoming president, Dr. Paulette Porteous-Cole acknowledged the hard work and commitment of the board members and the importance of guests making a sustained effort to support the chapter’s events. At the same time, Dr. Porteous-Cole indicated that one of her main priorities during her tenure was to make a more cohesive outreach to more recent alumni.

Media veterans/Manning's Alums Ms. Virginia Turner, former editor of the Jamaica Gleaner-NA and Ms. Carmen Glover, Former Press Attache, Consulate General of Jamaica-NY/Acting PR Officer,MPSA-NY pose at the Ball.

Media veterans/Manning’s Alums Ms. Virginia Turner, former editor of the Jamaica Gleaner-NA and Ms. Carmen Glover, Former Press Attache, Consulate General of Jamaica-NY/Acting PR Officer,MPSA-NY pose at the Ball.

“As your new president one of my goals is to motivate and encourage our recent graduates to participate in ongoing and future projects affiliated with Manning’s,” she said. “I am also looking forward to re-engage different year groups to participate in our newly revised activities in whatever way they choose to adapt.”

Dr. Cole thanked the members of the media who dedicated print, digital and broadcast time and space to “promote our event so that it is successful.” She also announced the door prize winner and, with assistance from the immediate past president Sangster, presented the attorney general with a beautiful plaque in honor of her distinguished career achievements and service to Jamaica and her alma mater.

Ms. Samara Brown, Teacher's Assistant/Marketing Coordinator at OnPointPress.net, assists MPSA-NY President in choosing the winning ticket for the door prize.

Ms. Samara Brown, Teacher’s Assistant/Marketing Coordinator at OnPointPress.net, assists MPSA-NY President in choosing the winning ticket for the door prize.

The ball was held at Eastwood Manor, in the Bronx, with tickets sold for a modest price. The event was well-attended with an almost capacity crowd. Media professional and acting public relations officer for the chapter, Ms. Carmen Brown Glover, chaired the program. Current and former board members including co-founder of the organization Mr. Anton Tomlinson, Mr. Rupert Thompson, treasurer; Ms. Elaine Jarrett, acting secretary; Ms. Wilma Wynter, Mrs. Jackie Josephs-Haughton and Mrs. Marjorie Foster-Amos attended the event.

The gate prize of a two-person vacation was provided by Fun Holiday Beach Hotel, located in Negril, Jamaica. Arielle Clarke, the daughter of an alumna, performed two songs, while Jugglaz International with DJ Andrew provided the music.–OnPointPress.net–

 

 

                                                                                                                     

 

 

Why Marilyn Mosby’s decision to charge Baltimore police officers resonates

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore State's Attorney.

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore State’s Attorney reiterated her vow to “uphold justice and treat every individual equally and fairly under the law.”

Police brutality against the Black and Latino community has been a scourge across this great nation for decades. In every major city there is the perception that Black and Latino males, especially, are under siege as unlawful police officers unleash their weapons, fists, feet and other objects on the bodies of defenseless citizens.

Pleas for justice have fallen on deaf ears as state prosecutors appear to collude with their local police departments to avoid bringing charges directly but instead present slanted evidence at grand juries who fail to indict. In the rare instances where charges are brought against the criminal officers, judges and juries have refused to find them guilty and when they do, the sentence is tantamount to a slap on the wrist.

six Baltimore officers charged

The six Baltimore officers charged (clockwise from left) William G. Porter, Garrett E. Miller, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Edward M. Nero, Alicia D. White and Brian W. Rice-Courtesy of the Baltimore Police Department.

By conducting a thorough, timely and parallel investigation alongside the police department, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, 35, the youngest prosecutor of a major city in the United States, shows that she is a tough, strong, courageous woman on a mission to seek justice for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African -American Baltimore resident who suffered spinal injuries and later died after being improperly arrested and transported by Baltimore police officers.

On Friday, May 1, International Workers’ Day, Mosby stepped confidently to the podium and delivered a riveting 21-minute press conference where she methodically laid out the case against the six officers who caused Gray’s death. She revealed that they would be charged with homicide, manslaughter, false imprisonment, among other offences. Mosby took the unprecedented step of bypassing the grand jury, which unwilling prosecutors typically use for cover, and instead is charging the officers based on the strength of the available evidence. The officers were subsequently arrested and posted bond. Overwhelmingly, in minority communities across the nation, there were jubilant celebrations  about the latest development. And Mosby’s tough- as- nails demeanor pushed her to the forefront of the public consciousness.

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 02:  Protesters march from the Gilmor Homes, where Freddie Gray was arrested, to City Hall on May 2, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to Gray's attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.  State attorney Marilyn Mosby of Maryland announced that charges would be brought against the six police officers who arrested Gray.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE, MD – MAY 02: Protesters march from the Gilmor Homes, where Freddie Gray was arrested, to City Hall on May 2, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore’s west side. According to Gray’s attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. State attorney Marilyn Mosby of Maryland announced that charges would be brought against the six police officers who arrested Gray. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

“No one is above the law,” Mosby said, reiterating her “vow to uphold justice and to treat every individual equally and fairly under the law.” Addressing the protestors she said: “To the youth of this city, I will seek justice on your behalf. This is your moment. Let’s ensure we have peaceful protests and rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come.’ Far from being anti-police, Mosby proudly disclosed that her father, mother, grandfather and aunts were police officers and that she suffered loss when a cousin was gunned down by police in front of her when she was a teenager so she is intimately aware of law-enforcement and policy brutality from both sides of the isle.

When members of the African-American and Latino communities tally the long list of men and women who were brutalized and murdered at the hands of the very police who are paid to protect and serve them, Mosby’s bold actions give pause and inspire hope for full justice for Gray.

Baltimore's Freddie Gray

Baltimore police brutality victim  Freddie Gray, who died one week after he was improperly arrested and transported by police officers. Gray suffered spinal injuries and never recovered.

When members of those communities think of Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Patrick Dorismond, Anthony Baez in New York; Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Oscar Grant in Oakland, California, John Crawford in Ohio and the many others who were murdered by police officers but escaped punishment, the strong, unequivocal actions taken by Mosby supports the idea that justice just might happen for Freddie Gray.

And if that happens, then it might be the start of a new era of accountability in Baltimore which could spark a wildfire of accountability across the nation, which will be long overdue but welcomed by the very segment of the populace that feels like hunted prey.–OnPointPress.net.