NY politicians pledge to protect SA culture and religion

NY politicians pledge to protect SA culture and religion

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New York, 31 Dec – Once again the joyous Holiday Season is upon us. All the great nations, cultures, and religions of the world are celebrating the season in their unique way. I, as the National President of ASAAL, want to extend my very best wishes both to you and your family.2017 has been a monumental year of success for the Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL). We have continued to grow and as such created Chapters in Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania! The Leaders of these States have galvanized hundreds of members and attracted many renowned politicians at their Chapter inauguration. The New Jersey Chapter has worked diligently in electing our endorsed candidates Ambassador Phil Murphy as the Governor of New Jersey and Frank Gilliam as the Mayor of the City of Atlantic City! In New York City we won almost every seat we endorsed including the re-election of Mayor Bill DeBlasi, Public Advocate Letitia James, and the Comptroller Scott Stringer!
The 10th Annual Convention of ASAAL took place on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at District Council 37 Headquarters; 125 Barclay Street in Manhattan and was the most successful convention ever! The Theme of the Convention was “South Asians in America – We are Stronger Together!” Convention Committee Chair Krish Rudra, MBA a Life Member of ASAAL opened the session followed by introductory remarks by the National Secretary M. Karim Chowdhury of ASAAL. This was quickly followed by two very time tested interesting and stimulating seminars: the Challenges and significance of organizing our Youth and the 2018 Midterm Election – what role we play. All of the seminars featured renowned and established experts in their respective fields.
The seminars were followed by addresses of the most prominent politicians. New York State Speaker Hon. Carl E. Heastie delivered the keynote speech. Others who spoke were: New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer; Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney; Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Senators Jesse Hamilton and Roxanne Persaud, Assemblypersons David I. Weprin; Alicia L. Hyndman, Michael A. Blake, VP Democratic National Committee, and Hon. Tremaine Wright; City Councilmen Rory Lancman, Barry Grodenchik, many other elected Officials and renowned Labor Leaders Rev. Terrence Melvin, Secretary-Treasurer of the New York State AFL-CIO and President of CBTU – Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum; Local 1180 President Arther Cheliotes; and President Eduardo Rosario of NYC Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).
It was apparent in their speeches that they will protect and preserve South Asian culture, faith and religion for as long as they remain in office. They also promise to bring the South Asian issues to the forefront of their respective legislative bodies and will follow up on these issues until they are fulfilled. We remain eternally grateful to all those whose hard work and participation has made 2017 a successful year! Special thanks to the 2017 Convention Committee Members, and our sponsors, including District Council 37, for hosting us.
Once again, allow me to thank all of you for joining in this historic convention. We hope and our chapters are determined, to offer you a great year 2018! I, along with the Officers of the Chapters and the Executive Council, wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza, a Blessed Eid, a Joyous Diwali, and the miracle of good health, happiness, peace and prosperity for the New Year!
NY politicians pledge to protect SA culture and religion
Once again the joyous Holiday Season is upon us. All the great nations, cultures, and religions of the world are celebrating the season in their unique way. I, as the National President of ASAAL, want to extend my very best wishes both to you and your family.
Maf Misbah Uddin, Founder & President, ASAAL

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