August 28, 2016

Filipino American Democratic Club of New York Choose Gigi Li for State Assembly

Aries DeLa Cruz, president FilAm Democratic Club of NY with Gigi Li, candidate for State Assembly

Filipino Americans are proud to endorse Gigi Li’s campaign for State Assembly. Gigi is a lifelong community advocate with deep roots in the district, and has already made history as the first Asian American to serve as chair of a community board in New York City. As part of her distinguished and long-term record of public service, Gigi strengthened her community’s engagement with civic and political life, delivered quality services to children and working families, especially those overcoming domestic violence, and helped businesses to recover and rebuild after Superstorm Sandy.
Asian Americans and indeed all communities in the 65th Assembly District need a leader who will work hard to keep our families together. Gigi Li knows our communities, shares our values, and has always been by our side, fighting for the same issues we face every day: passing the DREAM Act so that we can receive world-class college education, offering driver's licenses to immigrant New Yorkers to bring us out of the shadows, and making sure our most vulnerable members of our community have access to affordable housing, as well as the services and support our elderly family members need to thrive in Lower Manhattan.

Filipino Americans look forward to working with Gigi Li to bring her message and plan to the voters of Lower Manhattan, and to help send Gigi Li to the New York State Assembly. Not only is Gigi the smart choice, she is the right choice for our community.

Please Join A Day of Action in Support of Gigi Li
On Saturday, September 10, 2016, the Asian American community and our allies will be volunteering all day to secure victory for Gigi Li's campaign for State Assembly. Email us at info@filamdems.orgto RSVP or check out the event on Facebook. Be sure to invite all your friends.
Other Ways to Support Gigi Li
If you cannot attend anytime on Saturday, September 10, please consider volunteering anytime between now and September 13, or making a donation right now.

Statement | H. E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza at the Security Council Open Debate On Children And Armed Conflict

New York - H. E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on “Children and Armed Conflict.”
In its statement, the Holy See echoed the Report of the UN Secretary General detailing the growing scale and severity of human rights violations against children in armed conflict: children used as soldiers, suicide bombers, sex slaves and disposable intelligence gatherers. Schools and hospitals have been attacked as a strategy of war. The Holy See has partnered with the UN to oppose the use of children as combatants, denounce other forms of violence against children in armed conflict and to care for child victims. Such violence against children, it said, must awaken consciences and lead to a change of heart. The solution to the plight of children caught in armed conflict will involve, it added, finding ways to reintegrate child victims back into their own communities, including overcoming prejudices against children born of rape in conflict and against women and girl rape victims. The Holy See called on the Security Council to implement stronger measures for the protection of children in armed conflict and to ensure that UN peacekeepers strictly adhere to all laws and measures meant to protect children.
The statement, delivered in Arabic by the ChargĂ© d’Affaires of the Mission, Msgr. Simon Kassas, can be found here.