The Serrano Report - Volume XVI, Issue #11
In Washington, DC
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Meets with DHS Secretary Gen. Kelly
This week, Congressman Serrano and the rest of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with the Trump Administration Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly. CHC members raised their concerns about the impact that the President's immigration executive order and ICE deportation activities are having on immigrants nationwide. In response to these ICE raids, last week Congressmen Serrano, Espaillat, Bonamici, and Beyer introduced the Protecting Sensitive Locations Act, legislation aimed at protecting sensitive locations during immigration enforcement efforts.
Congressman Serrano Co-Sponsors Resolution that Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of MLK Jr.'s "Beyond Vietnam Speech"
On Monday, Congressman Serrano celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Beyond Vietnam Speech" by co-sponsoring a resolution that commemorates the sermon. Congressman Serrano said:
"Fifty years ago #MLKJr spoke these words in his 'Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence' speech at Riverside Church in New York City. And they still ring true. Just a year later, to the day, we would lose Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to racially-motivated violence
Today, on the 50th Anniversary of his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, I am proud to join my colleagues in sponsoring a resolution that commemorates MLK, Jr's sermon."
Congressman Serrano Meets with NYCHA Representatives and NYC Representatives, Residents and Housing Advocates
This week, Congressman Serrano met with representatives from the New York City Housing Administration (NYCHA) and NYC housing advocates to discuss the impact that President Trump's proposed budget cuts will have on access to affordable housing and housing services in the City.
"I had the pleasure to meet with representatives from @NYCHA and Picture the Homeless this week to discuss housing issues in the current political climate. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will do everything I can to prevent the draconian cuts to the Department of Housing that the Trump Administration is proposing," said Congressman Serrano.
In the Bronx
Congressman Serrano Hosts Women's History Month Celebration in the Bronx
Last week, Congressman Serrano hosted the Women’s History Month Celebration in the Bronx. This year’s event focused on Women Artists Fighting for Justice and honor the following female artists and activists: Noelle Santos, Founder, The Lit Bar (Bookstore); Ana “Rokafella” Garcia, Renowned bgirl dancer; Holly Block, Executive Director, The Bronx Museum of the Arts; Deirdre Scott, Former Executive Director, The Bronx Council on the Arts; and Vivian Bonnie Wright, Founder of the Afrikan Women’s Repertory.
The event was co-sponsored by NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Greene, Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, Councilwoman Annabelle Palma, Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner, and Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo.
“Women are making a difference in every realm of public life in the Bronx. This year we decided to honor women artists and activists whose work and contributions are having a great impact in our community by promoting the arts and raising awareness about its importance to the Bronx. The five outstanding leaders selected to be honored at this year’s event are doing groundbreaking work that deserves our recognition and appreciation during Women’s History Month and all year round.”