UCC Heated About Gillibrand Blow-Off

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"The disrespect she has shown African American and Latino families by her setting up and meeting with elected officials before sitting down with residents of a borough that is under siege with gun violence and ongoing loss of young lives daily will not be taken lightly. . .

Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D) met on Monday with Hispanic leaders in Brooklyn to hear their concerns on immigration issues. Community leaders in Bedford Stuyvesant are miffed that the Senator ignored their numerous invitations to meet with them regarding the issue of gun violence and youth killings that riddle Central Brooklyn streets.

In a statement, community activist and Founder of the Urban Community Council told BSN:

"It is apparent that US Senator Gillibrand has no honorable intentions on meeting with the families and community leaders from Brooklyn as per our numerous request to discuss her position as an Anti Gun control advocate. Understanding that she finds it more important to meet with elected official to sure up the Latino support by having to clean up her positions and voting record on immigration issues,  all the while lives are being lost due to Gun Violence in our community and she needs to let us know why she should keep this job! 

The disrespect she has shown Brooklyn’s African American and Latino families  by her setting up and meeting with elected officials before sitting down with residents of a borough that is under siege with gun violence and ongoing loss of young lives daily will not be taken lightly.  If she continues to blatantly disrespect the Central Brooklyn voting base, we will respectfully see her at the polls in 2010.

Furthermore, we call on  Rev. Al Sharpton as one of our leaders here in the African American Community to rescind and denounce any endorsement of this politician, such disrespect should not be rewarded on the backs of those who have been slighted and ignored!! People should always come before politics!!

We will be circulating a petition calling on her to make it a priority to meet with the Central Brooklyn families and community leaders sooner than later."

42-year-old Gillibrand who was recently tapped by Gov. David Paterson to fill Hillary Rodham Clinton’s seat when Clinton stepped down from the Senate to become Secretary of State in President Obama’s Administration, is not making friends quickly, being under fire with Hispanic leaders who charge that her stance on immigration issues are insensitive.


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