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New York officials say "yes" for HR 1242 Resilience Project

New York City (April 3, 2019) -  At the National Action Network Convention 2019 at Sheraton Times Square, a host of New York elected officials lend support in commemorating the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in the English colonies, the resilience of African Americans, and their contributions to the United States. New York City Mayor, Bill De Blasio and Tom Di Napoli, Comptroller of the State of New York, join Rev. Dr. Al Sharpton in supporting HR 1242 Resilience Project at the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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America mobilizes for HR 1242 Resilience Project

New York City (April 3, 2019) -   At the National Action Network Convention 2019, an unprecedented array of pastors, first lady's, ministers, youth ministries, National Urban League President and former Mayor of New Orleans, Marc Morial, and former US Attorney General, Eric Holder join Rev. Dr. Al Sharpton in supporting the HR 1242 Resilience Project at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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HR 1242 Resilience Project kicks-off #HBCUresilience

New York City (April 5, 2019) - After meeting with the Presidents of Historic Black Colleges & Universities at National Action Network Convention 2019, HR 1242 Resilience Project will share the resilience of students and faculty of these world class institutions. 


You can't talk about the 400th years of the first enslaved Africans arriving in the English colonies, without sharing the story of the first institutions that educated the free slaves, says Don Victor Mooney.

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New York & New Jersey Officials support HR 1242 Resilience Project

New York City  (April 5, 2019) - At the National Action Network Convention, US Congressman Adriano Espillat, New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, US Senator, Kristen Gillibrand, and Bronx District Attorney Cy Vance lend support for the HR 1242 Project at Brooklyn Bridge Park.


The Congressman was happy to see Don Victor Mooney on land and healthy. Representative Espillat was an early supporter of Mooney's transatlantic row from Africa to Brooklyn.

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New York City Council members on board for HR 1242 Project at Brooklyn Bridge Park

New York City (April 3, 2019) - New York City Council members  Jimmy Van Bramer and Rory Lancman lend their support HR 1242 Resilience Plaque at National Action Network Convention 2019.

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From Africa to Caribbean, UN Ambassadors embrace Resilience Plaque at Brooklyn Bridge Park

 United Nations (March 26, 2019) - H.E. Penelope Beckles, Ambassador for Trinidad &Tobago to UN and H.E. Dr. Francis M. Kai-Kai, Ambassador for Republic of Sierra Leone to UN stand in solidarity with Resilience Plaque at The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade at United Nations. 


At the program, Secretary General, President of General Assembly, and member states delivered remarks. Keynote speaker was artist,  Christopher Cozier from Trinidad and Tobago. 2019 Theme: "Remember Slavery: The Power of the Arts for Justice" 

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HR 1242 Resilience Project attends Civil Society briefing on role on memorials in preserving history

New York (March 28, 2019) - The United Nations Department of Global Communications invited Don Victor Mooney, President, HR 1242 Resilience Project for a briefing on “The role of memorials in preserving history.” The briefing was held at United Nations Headquarters.

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Brotherly visit to Nigerian Mission to United Nations

New York City (March 28, 2019) - Don Victor Mooney visits Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations to give an update concerning the HR 1242 Resilience Project. Mooney also conveyed he and his family received Equatorial Guinea nationality, which was bestowed by H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Head of State after his solo transatlantic row across the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat sponsored by the government.

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Solidarity with Republic of Benin

New York City (March 28, 2019) - At the Permanent Mission of Republic of Benin to the United Nations, Don Victor Mooney gives an update to officials concerning the repatriation of primitive art work to Benin. Mooney has been tasked to assist a museum to help return the artifacts. After the meeting, officials shared some local culture with him.

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Brooklyn Scores a Goal for HR 1242 Plaque

East New York (March 26, 2019) - At the Broadway Junction subway station, local youth had a chance to show their support for the HR1242 Resilience Plaque at the Brooklyn Bridge Park by signing a petition and kicking a soccer ball into a goal on artificial grass supplied by Synlawn.


The student's also received a short lesson on the first African slaves arriving in the English colonies in 1619 and words of encouragement to "Never Give Up."

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Ambassadors, Civil Society & Guests for Remember Slavery event embraced HR 1242 Plaque at Brooklyn Bridge Park

United Nations (March 25, 2019) - HR 1242 Resilience Project was invited to attend The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade at United Nations Headquarters in the General Assembly Hall. The meeting featured remarks by the Secretary General and Member States. The theme for this years commemoration was "Remember Slavery: The Power of the Arts for Justice".

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HR 1242 Docks at Changing Lives Christian Center

Brooklyn (March 24, 2019) At Changing Lives Christian Center, where Pastor Paul Mitchel leads the spiritual direction, Don Victor Mooney was invited into the pulpit to share HR 1242 Resilience Project. Later Mooney absorbed Pastor Mitchel message on confidence and departed energize.

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National Action Network Rally ends with mobilization for petition drive

Harlem (March 16, 2019) - Rev. Dr. Al Sharpton called on his members, friends and guests to support  a petition drive for a stone plaque at Brooklyn Bridge Park in commemoration of 400th anniversary of 1st enslaved Africans in English Colonies and resilience of African Americans. 

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NYC Public Advocate lends support for Resilience Plaque at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Harlem (March 16, 2019) - City of New York Public Advocate Jumaane Williams lends his support to mount a stone plaque at Brooklyn Bridge Park in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in the English Colonies in 1619 and the resilience of African Americans.

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HR 1242 Resilience Project to assist Long Island museum to repatriate art work to Benin

Hempstead, Long Island (March 12, 2019) - Don Victor Mooney, President of HR 1242 Resilience Project, announces African American Museum of Nassau County intention to repatriate primitive art to Benin, which located in West Africa. Museum executive director, Mrs. Joycetta Pierce asked Don Victor Mooney, of Flushing, Queens support in returning this historic art piece.


The art work is estimated to date back from 1500's. In 1986 a similar piece was auction in Sothbey's for two million.The repatriation of African art is just as relevant as art work looted by the Nazi's, said Don Victor Mooney.

 

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Mount Pisgah Baptist Church backs HR 1242 Resilience Project

Brooklyn, New York (March 11, 2019) - After the blessing of Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood, Senior Pastor and Spiritual Engineer at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church,  the congregation are mobilizing to support HR 1242 Resilience Project.


Rev. Dr. Youngblood was one of the first clergy in New York, back in 2006, to support Mooney's transatlantic rowing attempts. This support laid a foundation of respect, integrity and brotherhood amongst them. 

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Brooklyn youth launch #HR1242Faces

Brooklyn (March 7, 2019) - At a local Dunkin Donuts, Brooklyn launched #HR1242Faces campaign. This initiative is designed to get youth involved and informed about the historic history of the first enslaved Africans arriving in the English colonies. 


This campaign is been rolled out on social media. In the near future, HR Resilience Project will bring this to area schools and beyond.

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H.R. 1242 resilience plaque at New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn (February 26, 2019)  In celebration of this year's 400th Anniversary of the first arrival of twelve and odd enslaved Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619, New York-based H.R. 1242 Resilience Project, Inc. request to place a plaque embedded into a stone at the first steps of Don Victor Mooney when he reached the shores of New York's Brooklyn Bridge. Mooney's five thousand miles transatlantic solo row started from the coast of Africa and took twenty-one months with many challenges, a first for a African American.


H.R. 1242 bill calls for commemorations to mark the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of twelve and odd enslaved Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619, recognize the resilience of African Americans and their contributions to the United States.