FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Anthony Beckford has spent his entire career helping people. He is a single father, community advocate and public servant delivering and fighting for one of the most diverse Council districts in New York State.
Today there was a cowardly act of hate committed in Pennsylvania at the Tree of Life Synagogue. This was an act of Anti-Semitism. This follows a week of pipe bombs being sent to various well known Democrats by a Trump Supporter and a Black Man and Black Woman being murdered by a White Supremacist who supported Trump. This is a sad day added to an already sad week. I send my prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of today's attacks. I condemn these attacks and stand in solidarity with the Jewish community and with my fellow members of JFREJ (Jews For Racial and Economic Justice).
Incumbent Refuses to Debate Challenger in the 42nd Assembly District
October 22, 2018
We are in the 2018 election cycle with the general election coming up on November 6th. The voter turnout for this general election is forecasted as being the largest turn out ever, especially in Flatbush and East Flatbush. Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte has failed to provide sound legislation, has ignored the issues of community residents, takes money from the real estate industry and is divisive. We can now add denying the community the right to hear a debate regarding the issues of the community to the list. This is a disgusting practice that many incumbents who are only focused on maintaining their political careers rely on two things when it comes to the people, Misinformation and Lack of Information. This is a tactic used to keep voters from being truly informed about where each candidate stands on issues and for Incumbents to not be exposed for their corruption. This is not the way that true progressives act and this is a denial of democracy. We must be cautious with Democrats who are more aligned with the tactics and behaviors of Trump's fellow Republicans.
I have publicly asked Rodneyse Bichotte to debate me 23 times and she has not accepted any of these requests. There were two forums that I showed up to but she decided to not attend them. One if the forums was even held by a well known housing advocacy group in the community by the name of Flatbush Tenant Coalition.
At the end of the day, this shows us more and more that we need term limits in state legislative positions and one of the many reasons of why voter turnout tends to be low. I refuse to allow this to be politics as usual. I will expose every bit of corruption that my opponent has been involved in whether directly or indirectly.
Anthony Beckford is a longtime community advocate and activist. He is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and the Leader of the Brooklyn Sector of Copwatch Patrol Unit. Anthony Beckford is the member of various progressive organizations such as, Democratic Socialists of America, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Our Revolution and many others. He has helped push for the passing of many of the current legislations that we have today and continues to draft legislation of his own to protect Tenants, Homeowners, Small Business Owners, Immigrants, Women and Workers.
Recently we have had street renamings of Haitian Revolution Heroes such as Toussaint and Dessalines in East Flatbush. I am proposing to do a street renaming of Farragut Road and Nostrand Avenue as Boukman Road after the Jamaican Native and Early Leader of the Haitian Revolution who is known as the catalyst of the revolution, Dutty Boukman. The renaming would be very significant, not in just the honoring of a hero, but also in showing the Unity that two Islands in the Caribbean had in abolishing the occupations od colonizers who committed racist brutal acts against the people of the Caribbean. This high honor would bring further unity within the very large Caribbean Community of East Flatbush and Flatbush. It would bring further solidarity between the two cultures of Haiti and Jamaica.
Before 1804: (The True Solidarity between Jamaica and Haiti - The Start of the Haitian Revolution)
Dutty Boukman (Also known as "Boukman Dutty") (died 7 November 1791) was an early leader of the Haitian Revolution, born and enslaved in Jamaica and later in Haiti. He was both a leader of maroons and vodou hougan.
Boukman was a key leader of the slave revolt in the Le Cap‑Français region in the north of the colony. He was killed by the French planters and colonial troops in 7 November 1791, just a few months after the beginning of the uprising. The French then publicly displayed Boukman's head in an attempt to dispel the aura of invincibility that Boukman had cultivated.The fact that French authorities had to do this illutsrates the impact Boukman made on the views of Haitian people during this time.
Boukman was a key leader of the slave revolt in the Le Cap‑Français region in the north of the colony. He was killed by the French planters and colonial troops in 7 November 1791, just a few months after the beginning of the uprising. The French then publicly displayed Boukman's head in an attempt to dispel the aura of invincibility that Boukman had cultivated.The fact that French authorities had to do this illustrates the impact Boukman made on the views of Haitian people during this time. Boukman was known as the catalyst of the Haitian Revolution.
Raise the Age New York Campaign Statement on the First Day of State-Wide Implementation
October 1, 2018 -Today, as Raise the Age legislation goes into effect across New York State, the Raise the Age coalition recognizes the years of ground-breaking work of hundreds of diverse individuals and organizations, including formerly incarcerated youth and their families, child advocates, service providers, faith leaders, legal services groups, and unions, who worked to make this day a reality. We celebrate our shared victory to raise the age of juvenile accountability in New York State, to require parents be notified of their adolescent’s arrest, to process youth in courts intended to meet their developmental needs, to house youth in settings that keep them safe, and to permit more young people to move forward without the burden of adult criminal records. We are proud that our work together has transformed the juvenile justice system for thousands of youth and families throughout New York State.
We aren’t done yet. In the year ahead, the Raise the Age-New York Campaign will advocate for RTA to be implemented with fidelity to its principles while we continue to forge the path for comprehensive juvenile justice reform. Our priorities include:
*Starting as many cases of 16- and 17-year-olds in Family Court as possible.
*Ensuring that when 16 and 17 year olds must be detained or otherwise incarcerated, they are held in juvenile facilities without adult corrections involvement or oversight.
*Limiting the collateral consequences of court involvement by expanding access to youthful offender (YO) status and raising the YO eligibility to youth under 21.
*Increasing support for prevention and diversion services that keep youth in their communities rather than incarceration.
*Demanding State support for Close to Home.
*Raising the lower age of juvenile delinquency from age 7 to age 12.
These reforms are necessary to help meet the promise of Raise the Age: recognizing that adolescents are children, and prosecuting and placing them in the adult criminal justice system doesn’t work for them and doesn’t make communities safer. It is critical for New York to ensure that youth involved in the criminal justice system have access to court processes, as well as services and placement options that are developmentally appropriate. For more information about the Raise the Age-NY Campaign, visit: RaisetheAgeNY.com.
Actor Malik Yoba and New York State Assembly candidate Anthony Beckford were in the community on Church Avenue and Ocean Avenue, demanding that the youth put Down the guns and embrace life.
"Let us rebuild the foundation of being a community and #JusticeForJustin and all others we have lost to senseless gun violence."
For Immediate Release
New York State Assembly Candidate Anthony Beckford
stands with Home Health Aides.
I fully stand with Home Health Aides in their demand to be paid a 24 hour pay for working 24 hours. The fact that they are only getting paid 13 hrs for their 24 hrs of work is immoral, unethical and is on the line of indentured slave labor. This must be fixed. The agencies and the department of Labor must all be held accountable for this. Patients require the service and Home Health Aides require the pay for the services they provide. Today I sat in the hearing and listened to what the job entails and to what both the Home Health Aides and their patients go through, all for the agencies to make maximum profit while endangering the lived of the patients and violating the right of the workers. About 95% of home health aides are women of color and many are immigrants. These new age practices of slavery will be abolished by any means. To not cause the burn out of the Home Health Aides, the agencies must be mandated to pay these workers for sick leave and vacation days. I heard how the agencies tell these workers to not report the hours after their 13th, when they must tend to their patients. I heard testimony exposing the agencies, telling the home health aides that if anything happens to their patients after the 13th hour, that they are to not intervene and just call 911. That is not proper health care. That is negligent care, and I applaud the home health aides for disobeying that disgusting memo and tending to the consistent needs of their patients. My mother was once a Visiting Nurse and I used to hear her stories about the work load and how much she loved her patients. She made sure that they were never neglected and that they had the proper required care. I will damned if I just stand back and say and do nothing. Home Health Aides require better protections and they are to receive the same labor protections as any other laborer out there. The problems with corporations, are that they are profit over people. Well, I am People Over Profit and I will stand with Home Health Aides in this fight.
Anthony Beckford is a long standing community advocate, Activist and a candidate for New York State Assembly in District 42 which consists of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood and Ditmas Park. Anthony Beckford resides in East Flatbush and has been on the frontlines fighting for the people regarding issues such as, immigration, housing, police brutality, gun violence, healthcare, environmental issues and much more. Anthony Beckford is the son of Jamaican immigrants and the Leader of the Brooklyn Sector of Copwatch Patrol Unit, a grassroots group that has been on the forefront of police accountability. He is seeking to be elected in the general election this November 6th, 2018, to stop the displacements and racial disparities in his district and to push as much legislation as possible to answer the demands of the people. He has marched and spoken out against gun violence in our communities along with City Council member Jumaane Williams and State Senator Kevin Parker. He has been demanding Justice for those lost to police violence and along with Congresswoman Yvette Clark, has openly condemned the recent killing of Saheed Vassell by NYPD Officers. Anthony Beckford is a member of progressive organizations such as, Our Revolution, Democratic Socialists, Black Caucus of the Green Party, ColorOfChange, MoveOn and many other progressive organizations. His recent endorsements include NYC Against ICE, Brooklyn Residents against Gentrification, Caribbean Unity Alliance, Green Party of Brooklyn, Stop REBNY and many more.
For Immediate Release
July 6, 2018
New York State Assembly candidate Anthony Beckford's
statement regarding the Trump-like divisiveness of Rodneyse Bichotte
(East Flatbush, Brooklyn)
The New York City Council just recently passed a resolution to designate areas in the community as Little Haiti. This idea was proposed by Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte and a city council member. This is very problematic and divisive. There should be no divide at all. Our community does not only consist of Haitians. It also consists of Jamaicans, Guyanese, Trinidadians, Bajans,Grenadians and many others. The community was not allowed to weigh in on this. Many Haitians themselves do not agree with the divisiveness that Rodneyse Bichotte has been showing just to form a legacy for herself. We are battling issues that affect every Caribbean culture in our community and she is busy trying to look good for votes by being divisive just like Trump is. And yes, I compared it to Trump. The City Council passed a resolution but it seems like there was no real investigation to see what is really in the declared areas. Church Avenue is Bob Marley Boulevard. Bob Marley is Jamaican. Is Rodneyse Bichotte actually trying to drown out the contributions and hardworking of the other Caribbean cultures on the community? This is what the optics look like and it seems that it is true. Rodneyse Bichotte does not truly care about the Caribbean. Her love for Haiti should be questioned as well, die to her op-ed in Kings County Politics where she stated "Haiti is in the Caribbean, but not of the Caribbean". How dare she take away the validity of Haiti's rightful place in the Caribbean. The city council needs to meet again and dismiss the resolution and pass a resolution that expands the designation of Little Caribbean to celebrate all Caribbean cultures. In the Caribbean, there is a saying that I breathing life back into which is "One People Under the Sun". We can even question Rodneyse Bichotte's support of Hillary Clinton despite the people of Haiti stating that she played a part in destroying the growth of Haiti and stealing the funds that were to be used to help rebuild Haiti. That is a Judas mindset. Rodneyse Bichotte is trying to create a new class level and classism is what this system functions on and how it divides us and oppresses all Black people along with racism. As I work on Unity, Rodneyse Bichotte continues her divisive agenda and seems to be playing off of the heartache, struggles and emotions of the Haitian community. This tactic of Rodneyse Bichotte, will make it hard for the communities of Flatbush and East Flatbush, which are the last strongholds against all out gentrification to fight against rezoning and further displacements. Rodneyese herself does not know how to stop gentrification and one of her Co-supporters of "Little Haiti" has admitted that in a news article and has stated "We want to be sure that we can leave a piece of Haitian Culture when gentrification does take over". That is not a progressive message. That is the language of building a self legacy while abandoning actual protections for the people of the community, especially the Caribbean community. Bichotte has yet to join myself and others in the call to Abolish ICE. I have called for this action to take place since it's creation in 2003. I have been personally affected by their racist predatory policies as many in the community have. Many Haitians, Jamaicans, Trinidadians, Guyanese, Grenadians and many other people within our Caribbean Community are afraid and Bichotte has not pushed to ease that fear or to fight against the threat to at is producing that fear. Bichotte keeps pushing for TPS, which only offers temporary protections. I want to make sure that every single immigrant is protected and safe. I am pushing for all TPS and DACA holders to become permanent residents. I am pushing for there to be a fast track citizenship process for all immigrants. I am pushing to make sure that our Healthcare system and Driver License programs cover not just citizens, but immigrants as well. I am pushing for Caribbean Unity in Flatbush and East Flatbush so that we can Rise Up and win this fight TN against Trump, the GOP and ICE.
Rodneyse Bichotte has proven her true intentions. Street naming is an honorable thing, but divide is disgraceful. It is the colonizing mindset. It is the conditioning that some still carry in them from the colonizers. She needs to re-educate herself on how to fight for the people and get out of the sunken place. I will continue to fight for the people of the district as she keeps trying to become a legend in her own mind. If she cared so much about the Haitian community, she would be doing the things that I've been doing for the Haitian community and the rest of the Caribbean community. Then again, a narcissist can only love themselves more than the people and Rodneyse Bichotte has not shown any actual concern for the community. I helped the community celebrate Caribbean Heritage month throughout the month of June and celebrated the first annual Caribbean Unity Day on June 30th with members of the community and with the Caribbean Unity Alliance. Rodneyse Bichotte was nowhere to be found. Homes are being torn down, gentrification is displacing our community at an alarming rate, landlords are illegally evicting tenants and Trump is separating children and deporting our family members. But instead of focusing on stopping many of these key issues, she figures that she might as well make herself look and feel good while the tears and cries of the people go unnoticed by her. ICE is kidnapping members of the community and she chooses to build a legacy for herself. Well I see the tears and I hear the cries. The demands of the people will be answered when she is voted out on November 6th and myself, Anthony Beckford am voted in. It is time that District 42, which consists of Flatbush, East Flatbush , Midwood and Ditmas Park has an elected official who truly advocates for them, no matter their cultural background. The divisive era of Bichotte or as I call it "The Bichotte Trump Era" is over. We will not allow a GOP member or any Democrat with Conservative or Self Serving agendas to have any position in our communities. #VoteThemOut
Anthony Beckford is a long standing community advocate, Activist and a candidate for New York State Assembly in District 42 which consists of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood and Ditmas Park. Anthony Beckford resides in East Flatbush and has been on the frontlines fighting for the people regarding issues such as, immigration, housing, police brutality, gun violence, healthcare, environmental issues and much more. Anthony Beckford is the son of Jamaican immigrants and the Leader of the Brooklyn Sector of Copwatch Patrol Unit, a grassroots group that has been on the forefront of police accountability. He is seeking to be elected in the general election this November 6th, 2018, to stop the displacements and racial disparities in his district and to push as much legislation as possible to answer the demands of the people. He has marched and spoken out against gun violence in our communities along with City Council member Jumaane Williams and State Senator Kevin Parker. He has been demanding Justice for those lost to police violence and along with Congresswoman Yvette Clark, has openly condemned the recent killing of Saheed Vassell by NYPD Officers. Anthony Beckford is a member of progressive organizations such as, Our Revolution, Democratic Socialists, MoveOn.org, Black Caucus of the Green Party, ColorOfChange.org, MoveOn.org and many other progressive organizations. His recent endorsements include NYC Against ICE, Brooklyn Residents against Gentrification, Caribbean Unity Alliance, Green Party of Brooklyn, Stop REBNY and many more.
Colorado was able to use $3 million dollars of marijuana sales to provide food and housing for the homeless. Now imagine what can be done in New York with my #CBDTHCpolicy that I will introduce when I am elected in November as NY Assemblyman of District 42.
It will be used to not only provide food and permanent housing for those who are homeless, it will also be used to help provide funding for our public schools, provide funding for community centers, senior housing, transitional programs for the formally incarcerated and REAL affordable housing for middle to low income families.
My bill will cause legalization and decriminalization of marijuana (marihuana). The records of those who have been incarcerated for low level crimes will be wiped clean and those still incarcerated will be released. I will also propose to exclude large corporations and Big Pharma from being able to have any control or part in this legislation or the sales of marijuana.
We will End the Prohibition.
Anthony Beckford has been fighting on the side of the people and will continue to do so.
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Endorsed by Brooklyn Residents Against Gentrification, Green Party of Brooklyn, Caribbean Unity Alliance, NYC Against I.C.E and others.
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