Day of Action for Julio

For the first time in our group's history, we've endorsed two candidates. Julio Peña III is running for District Leader and Genesis Aquino is running for State Assemblymember, both in AD51 (Sunset Park, Red Hook, Gowanus, and South Park Slope).

Now's the time to show up and help them get on the ballot. Join us at our Days of Action for petitioning to support these candidates. 

Day of Action for Julio

Sunday March 8th 12-4pm
41st St, 44th St between 5th Ave and 7th Ave Sunset Park Brooklyn.


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Congrats Genesis and Julio - Our First Endorsed Candidates

Yesterday at our meeting, we voted to endorse Genesis Aquino for NY State Assembly and Julio Peña III for District Leader.

Of all the great candidates in the races, we felt they were the best to represent their communities of Sunset Park, Red Hook, and parts of other surrounding neighborhoods.

Genesis Aquino has been a local advocate for years, fighting for fair and affordable housing, immigrant rights, and workplace protections, recently winning a campaign to protect laundry workers and compensate them for years of wage theft. She will bring that energy and drive to the New York State Assembly.

Julio Peña III was born, raised and lives to this day in Sunset Park working in education. He has always striven to help his community, serving as Vice-Chairman of Community Board 7, the board chair of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and helping found and serve on the Executive Committee of this very club. He will bring transparency, equity, and accountability to the state and county Democratic parties.

Congratulations to Genesis Aquino and Julio Peña III. We look forward to helping you achieve victory!

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First Endorsement Meeting Assembly District 51 (Sunset Park)

Join us for our monthly general meeting where we will hold our very first candidate endorsement votes.

We will have brief statements and a Q&A with every candidate running for Assembly in District 51 (Sunset Park, Red Hook, parts of Bay Ridge, South Slope, Gowanus, and Borough Park): Katherine Walsh, Felix Ortiz (incumbent), Marcela Mitaynes, and Genesis AquinoA candidate for (male) District Leader, Julio Peña III running against incumbent Felix Ortiz, will also speak. Then we will vote on whom to endorse.

Because of the number of candidates and needing time to vote, we will start the meeting promptly at 4pm!

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A reminder on voting: In order to be eligible to vote in our candidate endorsement elections, you must be a member in good standing. This means, you must have attended one of our meetings or events since February of 2019 and you must have paid your membership duesof $25. If you cannot make it to this meeting and you are a member in good standing, you can make an absentee vote by e-mailing your candidates preferences to [email protected]

We will also discuss additional political races around the area, running for County Committee, and advocacy for important issues.

SC Brooklyn United for Progress February Meeting
Sunday, February 23rd
House Gallery 
314 East 17th Street (private meeting space)


  • 4:00: Announcements & Reminders
  • 4:10 - 5:25: Candidate speeches
  • 5:25 - 5:45: Discussion and endorsement voting
  • 5:45 - 6:00: Political, advocacy, and county committee update
  • 6:00: Petition pick-up and training for Rep Your Block in Southern Brooklyn

Because of the number of candidates and needing time to vote, we will start the meeting promptly at 4pm!

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Bail Reform: Facts, Myths, and How It Benefits Everyone

In 2019, we saw the passage of monumental bail reform legislation in the state of New York. The new bail law went into effect just this month. Join us for a thoughtful, diverse, and moderated panel discussion to learn why this new law is so vital to improving our criminal justice system.

Featuring representatives from Legal Aid and The Center for Court Innovation, and other special guests.

Bail Reform: Facts, Myths, and How It Benefits Everyone

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Pakistani American Youth Society
1001 Newkirk Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11230

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Our New Name is: South Central Brooklyn United for Progress

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Holiday Party -- Save the date - Dec 15th 4-6pm

Save the date for our second annual holiday party!  Join us as we celebrate the success of the last year, prepare for 2020, and unveil our new name!  Details coming soon!  

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November General Meeting: Josue Pierre, MTA Budget, and vote on a new name for us!

Come to our November meeting to hear State Senate candidate Josue Pierre, to vote on a new name for us, and to hear about the MTA's budget.

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October Meeting of NYSD 17 For Progress

Join us as Ravi Ragbir of the New Sanctuary coalition talks about the struggles facing immigrants today.

We will also vote on whether to endorse political candidates and go over all known candidates running for office in our area!

Big changes are coming. Join us to learn about it!

Thursday October 10 6:30-8:30pm
Bridge Multicultural and Advocacy Project 
1894 Flatbush Ave

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Totes and Tea– RESCHEDULED!

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September Meeting of NYSD 17 For Progress

East Midwood Jewish Center - 1625 Ocean Avenue, 4th floor boardroom

Join us as we discuss the upcoming election year, our plans, and some big changes for our group that are coming down the pike.

Congressional Candidate Adem Bunkeddeko will join us to talk about his race.

Robert Wood of 350 BK will also join us to talk about the Williams NESE pipeline.

Big changes are coming. Join us to learn about it!

Save the Dates!

  • NYSD17 General Meeting - Thursday, October 10
  • NYSD17 General Meeting - Sunday, November 17
  • NYSD17 Holiday Party - Sunday, December 15
  • NYSD17 General Meeting - Thursday, January 16
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