Red Ribbon Unveiling at Black Vets for Social Justice. Corner of Throop Ave and Willoughby Ave. Bed Stuy National HIV Testing Day.
Watchful Eye Partners with Black Veterans for Social Justice to Salute Veterans During Memorial Day Red Ribbon Unveiling
In commemoration of Memorial Day 2016, the Watchful Eye joined with partners, elected officials, stakeholders, and the community to salute the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve in the military. The commemorative gathering also provided a backdrop to address the ongoing impact of HIV and AIDS during the unveiling of the Watchful Eye’s latest Red Ribbon Banner
The event was a time of reflection and a show of support to our troops and veterans for the service and sacrifice they selflessly endure in an effort to keep us safe. The day’s events saw a tremendous turnout from the community, elected officials and stakeholders.
A highlight of the day’s events occurred as Mayor DeBlasio presented a proclamation declaring Memorial Day in NYC be renamed Black Veterans for Social Justice Day. The turnout was tremendous and its location, a high HIV community in Brooklyn, helped to raise awareness of the impact the disease has had in Brooklyn. During the ceremonies the Watchful Eye’s founder Dee Bailey addressed attendees at the Black Veterans for Social Justice’s headquarters and urged them to know their HIV status.
After the parade Brooklyn Borough President Erica Adams presented awards to Bishop Gerald Seabrooks Rehoboth Cathedral Church Rev. Ayana Ajanaku-Vason Rev. Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry Sr., Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake, Rev. Clinton Miller and Reverend Anthony Trufant in recognition of their ongoing service to the communities they serve.
The Watchful Eye was joined by students from the Kan Cobra Martial Arts Academy who performed a special routine in commemoration of Memorial Day. “Kan Cobra Martial Arts Academy is honored to have performed in commemoration of the tremendous work of all of our veterans. They understand that to be good at something there has to be sacrifice. Much like our military men and women who have sacrificed so much for all of us, these young people are here to perform today because they understand the significance of showing their appreciation for the liberties our brave service men and women provide through their service,” stated Dee Bailey, founder of the Watchful Eye.
Special guests at the Memorial Day event included the Reverend Herbert Daughtry, who served as the Grand Marshall. In tribute to the dedication of those in service the Waverly Sound Steel Band performed a special steel band rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and the Black National Anthem to the delight of the crowd.
Other notable attendees at the 11.a.m kick-off commemoration and Red Ribbon banner unveiling included Ecumenical Veteran Ministries, an organization that responds to the needs of veterans who may be in need of additional services. The parade, which opened with remarks from Congressman Jeffries, Assemblyman Walter Mosley, and Councilman Robert Cornegy was covered live WPIX 11 and News 12 Brooklyn, was a high point of the day’s events.
Jim Clyburn,Congressman SC, Rev. DR. Waterman, Dee Bailey, and Brooklyn NY Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
Watchful Eye Salutes President Obama for Keeping
HIV/AIDS on the Health Agenda
Last night President Obama address the American public in what would be his final State of the Union address. The address touched on a variety of topics including national security, education, hope for the future, and health care.
During his delivery the President affirmed his commitment to improving the resources and reducing incidences of HIV infection across the nation. The Watchful Eye would like to salute President Obama for his ongoing efforts to make HIV/AIDS a key issue as HIV/AIDS must remain a part of the national health conversation should we hope to bring an end to its presence in our community.
Throughout both terms of his administration, the President has pushed for sensible legislation that reduces the barriers to care and services for those infected and affected by the epidemic. His efforts have helped to raise awareness that the epidemic still exists in our communities and the importance of increasing access to care, optimizing health outcomes, and reducing HIV-related health disparities.
The Watchful Eye continues to fully support President Obama, as stated in the mission statement in his 37 step National HIV/AIDS Strategy where he states, “The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare, and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socioeconomic circumstance will have unfettered access to high-quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.”
We would also like to thank Congresswoman Yvette Clark for reminding the President during last night’s address that, “We love you in Brooklyn. We hope that you will come visit us when you are a private citizen.”
As a community based organization, the Watchful Eye will continue to do all that we can and encourage members of the community to get tested and get involved in an effort to help reduce the incidence of HIV infection and AIDS mortality in our communities.
World AIDS Day 2015. Watchful Eye partners with Brooklyn Nets to commemorate World AIDS Day
In commemoration of World AIDS Day 2015, Tuesday, December 1st the Watchful Eye partnered with the Brooklyn Nets organization to raise HIV awareness by promoting testing and education during their game against the Phoenix Suns, which the Nets went on to win!
The Watchful Eye’s team was joined by community leaders including, Assemblyman Walter Mosely; Bishop Gerald Seabrooks, Pastor of Rehoboth Cathedral Church and NYPD Clergy Liaison; Wendy McClinton, President of the Black Vets for Social Justice; Patrick Pagan, Project Director from the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene – New York Knows; Rev. Stacey Latimer, of Love Alive International Church, and chair of the NYC Faith in Action Coalition; the KAN Cobra Martial Arts Academy and Khari Edwards, Vice President of SUNY Downstate University Hospital Brookdale Hospital.
Other notable organizations represented at the game included the Brooklyn Borough President’s office; Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center; Brooklyn Knows Project – Steering Committee; and the Caribbean Women’s Health Association.
During the game basketball fans received a message from the public announcement system that stated, “The Brooklyn Nets would like to commemorate World AIDS Day and remind you to Get Educated, Get Tested, and know your HIV status.”
In addition to invited elected officials and local leaders there were some well known celebrities and entertainers in attendance for the game, they included hip hop artist Rick Ross, boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, and actor/rapper/producer Will Smith, among others.
The Watchful Eye World AIDS Day partnership with the Brooklyn Nets represented the first time an NBA organization has publicly collaborated with a community based organization dedicated solely to saving lives through leadership mobilization, awareness programs, testing and education in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Divinah Bailey, who founded the Watchful Eye more than 5 years ago stated, “The Nets are Brooklyn’s very own basketball team. We are excited about the work that can be accomplished in collaboration with the organization. HIV education and awareness is key to changing the course of the epidemic in our community. We look forward to working together to help change the course of the epidemic in our communities.”