Resolution J970-2013

Honoring Divinah Bailey upon the occasion of her retirement



  • Mar 25, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 20, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring Divinah Bailey upon the occasion of her

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body seeks to  acknowledge  those  individuals
whose  professional lives and civic endeavors serve to enhance the stat-
ure of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Divinah Bailey
upon the occasion of her retirement, to be celebrated on Thursday, April
4, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Divinah "Dee" Bailey is a native of  the  Bedford  Stuyvesant
community  in  Brooklyn,  New  York;  under  the  mentorship of her late
father, Dee was empowered with the ability to  assess  and  address  the
needs of her community; through the years, she has distinguished herself
as a dedicated fighter for human rights, as it relates to the health and
welfare within the African American community; and
  WHEREAS,  Dee  Bailey  is  most  noted  for  her  advocacy work, which
includes being a District 65 United Auto  Workers  (UAW)  representative
for  over 20 years along with helping to inspire the New York City Coun-
cil to create the "Communities of Color HIV/AIDS Faith Initiative"; this
brought a significant amount in new HIV/AIDS funds to churches, communi-
ty-based organizations and community service agencies; and
  WHEREAS, As the former National Black Leadership  Commission  on  AIDS
Executive  Director  of  New  York  City  Operations, Dee Bailey had the
responsibility of informing, coordinating and organizing  the  volunteer
efforts  of  the  indigenous black leadership in their local communities
and across the nation to meet the challenge of fighting AIDS; as founder
of Watchful Eye, she continues to work tirelessly in  educating  leaders
around the issues of HIV/AIDS as it relates to communities of color; and
  WHEREAS,  Dee  Bailey  currently  serves  as: Member of the Health and
Social Services Committee for NYC Community Planning Board No. 3, found-
ing Chair of the Brooklyn United Community Coalition (BUCC),  member  of
the Congressional Health Advisory Committee, member of the 54th Assembly
District  Healthcare  Policy Team, chair of the Brooklyn Linkage to Care
Coalition Communications Committee (BLCC), member of the New  York  City
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Steering Committee; and
  WHEREAS,  Dee  Bailey becomes extremely passionate when she extols the
importance of HIV/AIDS education and the need to take the first step  by
"Getting  Tested"  and "Knowing Your Status"; as guest ringmaster at the
UniverSoul Circus, the first African American circus of  its  kind,  she
has  delivered  HIV/AIDS prevention messages to audiences both young and
old in cities where the circus performs; and
  WHEREAS, Dee Bailey's passion has moved her towards developing new and
innovative partnerships and initiatives such as the Red Ribbon Revitali-
zation Campaign; the campaign is an ongoing initiative to encourage  HIV
testing,  by  having  banners that hang from flag poles, medical centers
and colleges in Brooklyn areas hardest hit by HIV/AIDS; and
  WHEREAS, Dee Bailey has been the recipient of numerous awards for  her
tireless work in the fight against HIV/AIDS; she has appeared on several
radio  and television networks and has interviewed with many other media
personalities; and
  WHEREAS, A true asset to society, Dee Bailey is  a  proud  mother  and
grandmother who is considered to be a leader, confidant, mentor, friend,
and sister to all who have the pleasure of her acquaintance; and
  WHEREAS,  During  her tenure, Dee Bailey earned the admiration, esteem
and affection of her colleagues; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Divinah  Bailey  upon  the  occasion of her retirement; and be it
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Divinah "Dee" Bailey.


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