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Are Caucuses Already in NY State? You Betcha.

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

As presidential candidates fly from state to state and caucus to caucus, Catholic Charities and fellow social service providers took part in a homegrown caucus in Albany this past weekend, Feb. 12 – 14, at the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Annual Legislative Conference, AKA Caucus Weekend.  And instead of shout outs for Bernie, Hillary, Trump or Cruz, they focused on the bottom line, how to restore faith and justice while empowering communities.

Scheduled shortly after the state executive budget was released and just a week after Catholic Charities’ own advocacy day, the event provided a prime opportunity for Catholic Charities representatives to build relationships and advocate for those we serve.

The weekend kicked off with a chairman’s reception.  It offered booths where Catholic Charities and fellow social service providers shared information about our array of services.  And it provided workshops including a panel discussion focused on how to raise and support our vulnerable youth.  Panelists from Catholic Charities affiliates included Create, Inc. Residential Director Philip Miller, Covenant House New York Director of Education and Workforce Development Traci Scott and Good Shepherd Services Community Relations Director Annie Minguez.

Catholic Charities panelists explored the needs of disenfranchised youth, those plagued by limitations like immigration status, education, experience with the criminal justice system or lack of permanent housing.  Panelists drew on their own hands-on experience and expertise to highlight methods proven to positively engage youth and policies that support this vulnerable population to bring them out of poverty.

Considered a key annual event on the legislative calendar, Caucus Weekend focused attention on issues facing minorities, dug deep for solutions and brought home concerns that underlie national debates.

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