NYC Public Advocate, and Harry Van Arsdale Instructor, Letitia James Celebrated as Trailblazer with Bright Future


July 23, 2015

With 2016 just around the corner, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, who teaches at the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies, hosted a fundraiser with help from the Young Professionals of the Vanguard Independent Democratic Association.

The event was filled with over a dozen notable female colleagues in government including State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblywomen Rodneyse Bichotte, Diana Richardson, Annette Robinson and Latrice Walker, Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo and Civil Court Judge Cenceria Edwards.

The honorable Congresswoman Yvette Clarke noted the importance of getting behind women in government. “For so long we have all been somewhat barb-wired on electing men to office, it’s just a natural inclination that we have. We feel as though it’s a male dominated profession, that when the men step out they know all, but we a part in the conversation. Women bring a very unique ledge to the work that they do. In a civil society where women hold up half the sky, it is important particularly in the political arena, that their voices be a part of the policy development. We [women] know how to make a way out of no way,” said Clarke.

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