Next month, New York State Assemblywoman Annette Robinson formally announces her decision to step down. It’s been a long, hard run for the ardent community activist and stateswoman; we remember how she showed up at events others avoided or deemed politically unimportant.
But last week, the 56th AD leader, a stickler for protocol, presented the message first to members of the Vanguard Independent Democratic Association (VIDA), a pioneering club which stands on foundations of community activism developed by a founder, Al Vann.
Several hundred people, mostly titan VIDA activists, came out to this breakfast meeting that easily moved into brunch at Sugar Hill Restaurant on Nostrand Avenue; they represented all areas of the community trust.
And there was more news to share at the Woman’s History Month event hosted by VIDA president Henry Butler, now the Brooklyn delegate for Hillary Clinton. The organization declared support of Ms. Clinton’s candidacy and Assemblywoman Robinson announced she was handing her
state-assembly baton to Tremaine Wright, Bedford-Stuyvesant-born, Duke University and the University of Chicago Law School-educated lawyer, owner of the former Common Grounds café. Ms. Robinson also announced that the State Assembly folds had increased by 9 African-American women, bringing the number to 51 members.
The atmosphere was alive with the spirit of a family reunion, as one politician after the other … Mosley, Jeffries, Walker, Cornegy,
James … came through the door and delivered homilies to the people, and reports of their work. City Councilman Cornegy announced his gift of $100,000 to the Bed- Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps. And so on. VIDA is one of the most powerful political clubs in urban America; and
some of those who made it so, were at that breakfast.
The lively spirit at this first major 2016 Central Brooklyn political event is an indication of the new era to come. (Bernice Elizabeth Green, a co-publisher of Our Time Press, is a member of the VIDA political club) See Robinson Retirement Creates Room for Democracy Growth