Bedford Stuyvesant (May 14, 2019) - Don Victor Mooney, President of HR 1242 Resilience presented a ceremonial check for One Million Dollars at the Weeksville Heritage Center. After hearing a plea of help from this center, HR 1242 Resilience devised a plan to keep them afloat.
At our 400 year anniversary for 1st enslaved Africans arriving at English colonies during 1619, we will direct our donors to support this institution. As the Brooklyn Bridge Park has already agreed to support our initiative, we are just waiting on a date to share publicly, said Don Victor Mooney.
With pool of reporters in front of him, Mooney said, if your brother is hungry, do you give him a stone or a piece of bread? When we work together, there's nothing we can't do."
Brooklyn (May 9, 2019) - Don Victor Mooney, reared in Bedford–Stuyvesant, is a neighborhood in the north-central portion of the New York City borough of Brooklyn and the home of Weeksville, ended his day at the Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building, where he reflected and drew great inspiration on the pioneering legislator. This captivating moment was preceded after a courtesy call visit to the Office of Congressman Hakeem Jeffries.
Weeksville is one of America's first free black communities during the 19th century. Within this community, the residents established schools, churches and benevolent associations and were active in the abolitionist movement.
Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972). Her motto and title of her autobiography—Unbossed and Unbought—illustrated her outspoken advocacy for women and minorities during her seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
New York City (May 9, 2019) - HR 1242 Resilience Project President, Don Victor Mooney received the book Black Americans in Congress 1870 - 2007, which was prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration of the US House of Representatives from the office of Congresswoman Maloney, a long time time supporter of his HIV/AIDS initiatives.
Don Victor Mooney also made courtesy call visits to the Offices of Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, who also supported his past initiatives on HIV/AIDS.
Brooklyn (May 7, 2019) - In follow up to a request from Brooklyn Bridge Park officials, HR 1242 Resilience Project President, Don Victor Mooney, sent a letter outlining a tentative program and logistics. In the letter, he shared that the 400th year commemoration will include sunrise drumming ceremony, remarks from invited speakers, performances by traditional African dancers and gospel singers, and face-painting activities. The event will culminate with a candlelight ceremony at sunset.
Mooney ended his letter by saying, "It's our goal that this event will remember our history, help us to never go back and share that America’s greatest strength is its diversity. We are one."
Flushing (May 3, 2019) - HR 1242 Resilience Project, President Don Victor Mooney gave a briefing to Congresswoman Grace Meng on 400th year anniversary commemoration of the first enslaved Africans arriving in the English colonies at Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer. The Congresswomen was truly engaged in the meeting and offered her full support. Mr. Cristian Romero, constituent and community liaison, sat in during the briefing.
,Don Victor Mooney has been a constituent of Congresswoman Meng for some time. Her office was pivotal for the success of Mooney's transatlantic row from the coast of West Africa to New York's Brooklyn Bridge. This historic journey took twenty-one months, a first for an African American.
In closing remarks, Meng said, "I also look forward to sharing this with Representative Bobby Scott, the Virginia Congressman, that introduced this bill in the House of Representatives."
Don Victor Mooney will follow-up with Mr. Romero as the project goes forward.
May 2, 2019 New York City - As a guest of the New York Public Library, Don Victor Mooney attended Henry Louis Gates, Jr. appearance at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum. Mr. Gates discussed a documentary he co-produced for PBS, Reconstruction, and a companion book, Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow.
The evening's host, Mr. Gene Jarrett, the Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science at NYU, made the conversation enjoyable. After exiting the library, Don Victor Mooney had a chance to reflect on the two iconic lions that rest in front of the museum. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia would named them Patience and Fortitude.
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