New York State Library gives H.R. 1242 Resilience Project a wealth of information

Albany (May 21, 2019) - Don Victor Mooney, President of H.R. 1242 Resilience, continued his research at the New York State Library, in preparation around the 400th year anniversary commemoration for the first enslaved Africans arriving in the English colonies in 1619 at New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer. 

Don Victor Mooney had the opportunity to explore the history of New York City, dating back to the early 1800's. The Brooklyn waterfront was the focal point of this research. He was able to also extract some historical references from the other boroughs that make up New York City and Long Island, respectfully.

The New York State Library is part of the Office of Cultural Education, within the New York State Education Department. The Library serves three major constituencies: The Research Library, which was established in 1818, collects, preserves and makes available materials that support State government work. The Library's collections, now numbering over 20 million items, may also be used by other researchers on-site, online and via interlibrary loan


New York State Museum takes H.R. 1242 Resilience back in time

Albany (May 21, 2019) - Don Victor Mooney, President of H.R. 1242 Resilience took his research to the New York State Museum, where he explored the history of New York. The museum offered an array of life that showed New York's early days to modern times. Commerce played a vital role in the transformation of New York and waterfront communities of Brooklyn was a great asset for this development. 

The New York State Museum is a center of art, science, and history dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the state. Established in 1836, it is the oldest and largest state museum in the country. From its beginning, the Museum has been home to some of the nation’s leading scientists, including the founders of American paleontology, ethnology, botany and mycology. Its collections rank among the finest in many fields and total more than 16 million scientific specimens and one million cultural objects.

The New York State Museum is a program of The University of the State of New York / The State Education Department / Office of Cultural Education.


Honoring New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame

New York City (May 21, 2019) - HR 1242 Resilience, President, Don Victor Mooney had an opportunity to witnessed one of New York State greatest tributes towards our Veterans. The venue was a scene of patriotism, integrity and honor. After the event, Don Victor Mooney had a moment to thank the veterans for their contributions to New York and the United States.

The New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. Their meritorious service to our nation deserves the special recognition that only a Hall of Fame can provide, as a fitting expression of our gratitude and admiration.


New York State Senators welcome H.R. 1242 Resilience President to Albany

Albany (May 21, 2019) - Don Victor Mooney, President of H.R. 1242 Resilience, met with a number of members of New York Senate, some long time friends. Last week, Mooney visited the district of office for State Senator Leroy Comrie, who introduced S3204. The deputy chief of staff of Comrie briefed Mooney on the bills current status and encouraged him to advocate decision makers. 

In Albany, Don Victor Mooney did just that. From the corridors of Legislative Office Building to Capitol Building, Mooney met with as many senators and assembly members as possible. The bill is currently in the hands of Liz Kruger, chair of the Finance Committee, which led Mooney to her office. Don Victor Mooney was welcome on arrival and given a courtesy meeting with Kruger's Chief of Staff. Mooney briefed the gentlemen on the bills importance. In oral comments, Mooney said, "New York's greatest strength is it's diversity. So let it shine."

Mooney visited other key senators to the bill which were Toby Ann Stavisky, the first woman from Queens County elected to the State Senate and the first woman to Chair the Committee on Higher Education; Velmanette Montgomery, Chair of the Committee on Children and Families; Neil Breslin, Chair of Committee on Insurance, and others.


HR 1242 Resilience Pres. meets NYS Assembly Bill sponsor for 400 years of African American History

 Albany (May 21, 2019)  - H.R. 1242 Resilience President, Don Victor Mooney met with New York State Assemblywoman Taylor Raynor, who introduced bill #A7667. This bill calls for the establishment of 400 years of African-American History Commission. Mooney was given a briefing on the latest developments on the bill status. At the conclusion, he was given a copy of the bill.

Afterwards, Mooney visited the Office of the Speaker of New York Assembly, Carl Heastie of the Bronx.  Mr. Heastie has the most powerful position of the New York Assembly.  He's the first new Speaker in over 20 years and the first African-American to hold that post. The speaker is considered one of the most important positions in state government. Mooney briefed his office on urgency of passing bill #A7667.


New York State Assembly members welcomes H.R. 1242 Resilience President in Albany

Albany (May 21, 2019) - Don Victor Mooney, President of H.R. 1242 Resilience, met with a number of members of New York Assembly, some long time friends. Mooney's purpose was to galvanize support for the passing of bill #A7667. This bill will establish the 400 Years of African-American History Commission. The commission mission will be to develop and carry out activities throughout the state to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619. 

The commission shall plan programs appropriate for the commemoration, acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial  discrimination had on New York and the United States; recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619; educate the public about the arrival of Africans in the United States and the contributions of African-Americans to New York and the United States; encourage civic, patriotic, historical, educational, artistic, religious, economic and other organizations to organize and participate in anniversary activities.


H.R. 1242 Resilience reaches tip of the Bronx

Riverdale (May 17, 2019) - H.R. 1242 Resilience Project President, Don Victor Mooney, visits the Office of US Congressman Eliot Engel in advance of 400th year anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in the English colonies during 1619 commemoration at Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer. Mooney briefed the congressman's staff on Brooklyn Bridge Park commitment to help aide the event and that a date will soon be announced. 

"The history of African Americans and their contributions to the United States is worth recognizing. One of the greatest legacies that our ancestors left, was the power of the ballot. As soon as they [free slaves] met the legal requirements to cast their vote, they undertook this civic duty with honor, said, Don Victor Mooney.


H.R. 1242 Resilience visits the Offices of New York City Congressional Delegation

Jackson Heights (May 16, 2019) -  Don Victor Mooney, President of H.R. 1242 Resilience visited the Offices of Congressman Gregory Meeks and Congressman Jose Serrano, both were early supporters of his transatlantic row. Mooney brief their staff on 400 year anniversary at Brooklyn Bridge Park. He also stopped at Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Congresswoman  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez office. Mooney had an opportunity to brief a staff member for Ocasio-Cortez on the history of her district dating back to 1800's. 


The power of prayer

Bedford Stuyvesant (May 14, 2019) - Don Victor Mooney, President of HR 1242 Resilience, walked along the Native American Trail and ended his day in prayer outside of Hunterfly Road Houses at Weeksville Heritage Center. 

Prior to Mooney's arrival at Weeksville Heritage Center, he toured the Kingsborough 3rd Walk Houses, which is adjacent to Weeksville. At this NYCHA Development, he met with community residents to discuss H.R. 1242 Resilience Project. The tenants embraced the vision and also shared their many challenges to him as well.