Touro College Hosts U.S. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke for Discussion of Homeland Security and Other Issues

Date: March 03, 2008
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke
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Brooklyn, N.Y. - Friends of Touro College hosted United States Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-11th District, N.Y.) and other community leaders at the Avenue J, Brooklyn campus of Lander College of Arts and Sciences – Flatbush on Sunday, March 3, 2008. Representative Clarke addressed issues of importance to the Jewish community, including homeland security, education and the relationship between Israel and the U.S.

Congresswoman Clarke was elected in November 2006 to represent New York's 11th Congressional District and is currently a member of three House committees: Homeland Security, Education and Labor, and Small Business. Prior to her election to Congress, Representative Clarke served in the New York City Council as the representative for the 40th District in Brooklyn.

Congresswoman Clarke was introduced by Dr. Bernard Lander, founder and president of Touro College, who recognized Rep. Clark for her leadership and for her record as a strong advocate for education and as a friend and supporter of the Jewish community.

“Congresswoman Clarke is committed to serving and empowering people and local communities,” Dr. Lander said. “Her distinguished record is consistent with Touro College’s mission and philosophy.”

Dr. Lander noted that Rep. Clarke was well-schooled in scholarship and community service and advocacy by her mother, former N.Y. City Councilmember Dr. Una S.T. Clarke. Dr. Clarke attended Sunday’s event with her daughter.

Congresswoman Clarke noted the unfortunate resurgence in hate crimes in New York and throughout the U.S. and has joined the Black-Jewish Alliance organized by New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (48th District). She noted that homeland security is still in its infancy and that additional resources must be allocated to this area of critical importance for the U.S. She said that on a visit to Israel she witnessed first-hand how another country has been able to address issues of security in a more systematic and organized fashion. Rep. Clarke proudly noted her support of legislation condemning Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel and supporting Israel’s right to defend its citizens and territory.