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20 days and counting….

Clarke for Congress
Jun 7, 2018 · 5 min read

Dear Notebook:

Time has really passed by. Since there are so many things going on we thought it would be a good idea to keep it all in “A Fighter’s Notebook.” Here we can capture the highlights of the campaign and share the experiences with others. We are so excited about what is going on that we can’t keep it all to ourselves!

Despite the fast pace, we can not lose sight of the fact that these are dangerous times. We must remain fearless to persevere and fight the good fight for hard-working Brooklynites. Here’s what happened last week.

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Representative Major Owens served Brooklyn both as a librarian and public official. He began his career as a Librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library in 1958. Based upon his work in the community, he was appointed as Commissioner of the Community Development Agency by New York City Mayor John Lindsay. After his appointment, he ran for and was elected to the New York State Senate from 1975 to 1982.

Owens continued serving his community by running for Congress to succeed Representative Shirley Chisholm. In 1982, he became the Representative for the 11th Congressional District of New York, serving until 2007. During his time, he was known as “The Librarian in Congress,” because he advocated for public and school library funding and other education issues.

Congresswoman Clarke is proud to announce that her post office renaming bill, H.R. 5328 — Major Robert Odell Owens Post Office, successfully passed out of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

“This is a deserving honor of a proud public servant for Brooklynites,” said Congresswoman Clarke.


Small businesses in the U.S. Virgin Islands continue to struggle since Hurricane Maria. The lack of financial resources needed to assist with the rebuilding efforts for the islands have been unavailable to local small business owners. Congresswoman Clarke, along with Congresswomen Nydia M.Velázquez and Stacey Plaskett, worked together to give small business owners the help necessary to receive contracting assistance to rebuild buildings in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The U.S. Virgin Islands Small Business Contracting Assistance Act of 2018 (H.R. 5929) passed as Amendment 416 to the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bill will encourage federal government agencies to seek local small businesses to aid in the revitalization of the islands by supplying jobs and boosting the local economy.

Congresswoman Clarke noted, “This is a critical time for the people in the U.S. Virgin Islands. They are working hard to rebuild their homes after this terrible natural disaster. It is Congress’ job to provide them with the resources needed to be successful in their endeavors every step of the way.”


“The Opioid Epidemic is colorblind, hitting families across the country from all walks of life. The communities my colleagues and I represent are asking us to help their families combat this disease. We know that by working together on this important issue, both Democrats and Republicans can give our constituents the help families need to seek treatment for this drug abuse disorder,” says Congresswoman Clarke.

H.R. 5590, the Opioid Addiction Action Plan is a bipartisan bill, co-sponsored with Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16), that “requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop an action plan to provide recommendations” to prevent opioid drug abuse. This bill successfully passed out of the Committee on Energy and Commerce by voice vote.

In addition to H.R. 5590, the Committee on Energy and Commerce also passed H.R.5583 by voice vote. This bill requires “mandatory reporting with respect to adult behavioral health measures.” The goal of this legislation is to provide a complete view of the substance abuse disorder treatment within state-run Medicaid programs.

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Clarke for Congress officially kicked off Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke’s re-election campaign with a huge endorsement rally at the Brooklyn Museum. Local elected officials and community organizations lined up to give Congresswoman Clarke their endorsement and tell Central Brooklyn why we still need her in Congress.

Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo, and many others shared with the crowd how Congresswoman Clarke is always fighting for Central Brooklyn. This was a successful event with many community members gathered to also show their continued support.

If you missed the event, you can catch it on the campaign’s Facebook page here. (Don’t forget to like the page and share the video with your friends while you are there.)

Here are a few local news articles that can provide a few highlights.


Art allows one to express what they feel deep in their soul and moves people to experience different emotions. This year’s Congressional Art Competition was no different. Students from all over the 9th Congressional District competed to have their visual expressions displayed in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Capitol.

Tanisha Lord, a Medgar Evers Prep student who won 1st place, will travel to the nation’s capital to attend the awards reception. She will meet with other winners from across the country and view her artwork on display.

Congratulations Tanisha! We can’t wait to see your artwork representing the heart of Brooklyn in the U.S. Capitol!

For more on the Congressional Art Competition Awards Ceremony in Brooklyn, check out this article.

That’s a wrap for this entry. As we mentioned, it has been quite a ride. We can’t wait to see what happens next.

Sincerely, Team Clarke

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Clarke for Congress

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Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke representing the 9th District in Brooklyn. Tweets managed by my team. Tweets by Congresswoman ✍🏾YDC. #VoteYvetteNY9

A Fighter's Notebook

Journal entries to give Clarke for Congress campaign highlights along the campaign trail.

Clarke for Congress

Written by

Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke representing the 9th District in Brooklyn. Tweets managed by my team. Tweets by Congresswoman ✍🏾YDC. #VoteYvetteNY9

A Fighter's Notebook

Journal entries to give Clarke for Congress campaign highlights along the campaign trail.

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