THE BIG APPLE CLUSTER OF THE LINKS, INCORPORATED HOSTS LINKS DAY AT THE NEW YORK STATE CAPITOL
True to its commitment to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African descent, the Big Apple Cluster of The Links, Incorporated hosted its inaugural Links Day at the New York State Capitol.
Held in Albany during Caucus Weekend in conjunction with the 48th Annual Conference of New York State Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, the two-day gathering brought together seven chapters of The Links from the Greater New York area. Participating chapters included: The Brooklyn Chapter of the Links, The Eastern Shore Chapter of The Links, The Greater Bronx Chapter of The Links, The Greater Hudson Valley Chapter of Links, The Greater New York Chapter of The Links, The Greater Queens Chapter of The Links and The Westchester County Chapter of The Links.
More than 50 Links were in attendance with the objective of outlining legislative priorities around critical issues — including: reforming our justice system, strengthening our democracy, building stronger communities and families, and ensuring educational equity. The result was a meaningful series of meetings with legislators to drive forward opportunities and initiatives aimed at uplifting communities of color across the entire New York region.
“As we embark on 70 years of service, The Greater New York Chapter of The Links is honored to have participated in this landmark meeting that enabled us to meet and engage with elected representatives to discuss opportunities and priorities for our community,” says Dr. Donna Jones, president, the Greater New York Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. “We appreciate the time and consideration afforded to us by our representatives and look forward to working together towards a brighter future.”
Participating members of the GNY Links included: C. Virginia Fields (Co-Chair), Michelle Cheney Donaldson, Lisa Downing, Kia Floyd (Co-Chair), Michelle Laisure, Lynn Law, Hasoni Pratts, Arva Rice, Janis Robinson, Dominique Sharpton-Bright and Dr. Minta Spain.
A major highlight of the 2019 event was a special Links Cyber Café, sponsored by Facebook, and located in the New York State Legislative Office Building. The Links Cyber Café served as a dynamic and interactive backdrop for informal dialogue and discourse for all.
At the Links Cyber Café, corporate sponsor Facebook showcased its Town Hall tool for civic engagement, instructing elected officials and conference attendees how to connect with one another directly on social media.
Civic Engagement on Facebook is about more than helping people to vote, it’s about connecting people with their government so they can effect change and build the communities they want. Facebook’s Town Hall feature enables people to easily find, follow, and connect with their representatives at all levels of government.