NYS Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud, called on guests at her recent fundraising brunch, to get involved in their community to affect change. “People should not sit back in their homes and say ‘I can’t affect change,’ unless they join their block association, community board, or become familiar with their local precinct, urged the lawmaker.
The Democrat, whose 19th Senate District encompasses parts of Canarsie, East New York, Brownsville, Mill Basin, and Sheepshead Bay, Bergen, told a wide-cross-section of Caribbean nationals, and district residents, that Kings Plaza is a fitting example of how change could come about through action, after the community advocated for the years-old shopping center to conform to the community’s growing development.
The sunny spring day, and the backdrop of Mill Basin lake off family owned restaurant Nick’s Lobster House on Flatbush, were perfect for donors to relax, eat, and talk politics, while supporting the senator who thanked CEO of Rhythm Nation Entertainment, Dimple Willabus, for hosting that brunch. The politician reminded friends that Willabus was a great help in her senate office campaign efforts.
“We always ask people to help us because this is a way for us to continue our work in the community. Campaigning does not come cheap,” she added.
Senator Roxanne J. Persaud, who supports “Raise the Age” and any initiative that would enable young people to create positive change, stating, “If we say that we care about the next generation then we must make a distinctive, commitment to ensure our policies for young people are not only transformative but sustainable,” - brought attention to the dysfunctional politics in Washington.
“We see what is happening in Washington so it’s really important, that we do the work on the ground, and make sure the community is informed, so they get the services they need.”
Attended by Hon. Justice Ingrid Joseph, acting supreme court Justice, Civil Court of the City of New, Hon. Barbara Atherly, consul general of Guyana to New York, and Alan Maisel, council member (D) District 46, Brooklyn — the event was just one of such fundraising initiatives the politician said is welcomed, but at all times, be organized though her campaign manager, Amar Dyal.
She encouraged guests including Sherif Fraser, district manager CBC 17 Brooklyn, Consuelo Mallafre Melendez “Connie” candidate for judge, Kings County Civil Court, Pastor Ellsworth Chester, and friends alike to also support community businesses such as Nick’s Lobster House, and thanked everyone for their support.
Dimple Willabus said it was her 10-year-old daughter, Anaya Willabus who suggested Rhythm Nation Entertainment (RNE) host the event for Sen. Persaud, since the youth is actively involved in her community. She is a member of Thomas Jefferson Club, and the Civic Association of Brooklyn.
“Since starting (RNE) back in Guyana 21 years ago, and now hosting events in New York, it is important to be active in your community, and I include my children in activities that would benefit them and their community, as well,” said the CEO.
“Anaya wants to make sure younger children also give back to their community. Even though they are not eligible to vote, they should be aware of what’s taking place in their community, and should have a voice.”
Willabus added that the Rhythm Nation brand wanted to host the fundraising brunch to show other residents they could also rally for an elected official who is working hard in the community on behalf of citizens.
“It seems like the senator works seven days a week, because she is always attending events, not only representing Guyanese but her constituents, women in business, and children. As a businesswoman, a woman, as an immigrant, and as a Guyanese, I feel proud that I was successful in encouraging people to come out and support Senator Persaud,” added Willabus.