(New York, NY) –Today, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, (Brooklyn), participated
in a rally on the steps of City Hall, alongside City councilmembers Eric Gioia and David Yassky, as well as activists of “iAbolish” including slavery survivor, Simon Deng of Sudan.
Assemblyman Ortiz has long been fighting to draw attention to this crisis. As President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, he introduced and passed a resolution in June 2006, which urged the United States Congress to take immediate action to stop the campaign of racial extermination. The resolution was sent to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives on behalf of the members of the Hispanic caucus.
Tomorrow, another resolution that he has sponsored along with 34 of his Assembly colleagues will be introduced during session and then transmitted to each member of Congress from the State of New York.
He has also introduced legislation that would ensure that public monies in New York will not perpetrate the appalling actions of the Sudanese government in connection with the crimes against the black African population of Darfur.
“We need to be socially responsible and make certain that state monies, be it the purchase of goods by a state agency, or investments made by the Comptroller on our behalf, do not inadvertently support genocide”, stated Ortiz.
Ortiz continued, “We need to do everything in our power to ensure that these horrendous crimes do not continue. I believe that Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was correct when he once stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”, and it is our duty to take action to stop this injustice.”