My expression when Felix
announced Robbie Samuels Day!
Thank you. Tonight was a very special night. At Socializing for Justice’s 5th birthday party, over 120 like-minded progressives gathered together to celebrate what we’ve created together! As the co-founder of Socializing for Justice, I’m was so excited to be there celebrating 5 years, 104 events, 1808 members and countless connections made since we founded this group in 2006.
I was surprised with special gifts 3 times at tonight’s party.
First, Felix G. Arroyo, Boston City Councilor At-Large, attended the event and brought with him, not one, but two resolutions from the Boston City Council. The first was a resolution congratulating Socializing for Justice on our 5th anniversary of building a progressive community, network and movement. It’s great to have the support of the Boston City Council.
The 2nd resolution was a huge surprise! He read the following:
Whereas, Robbie Samuels was born on the 16th of September in 1974; and
Whereas, Robbie Samuels has been instrumental in the work to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD); and
Whereas, In 2006, Robbie Samuels co-founded Socializing for Justice (SoJust), a grassroots group committed to building a stronger cross-issue progressive community, network and movement by putting the “social back in social justice”; and
Whereas, Robbie Samuels, as SoJust’s co-organizer, has been the visionary behind their success; growing the group to almost 1700 members [now 1800+!] and hosting over 95 events [now 104!]. Be It Therefore,
RESOLVED That the Boston City Council, in meeting assembled, does hereby proclaim, Friday, September 16th, 2011 to be
“Robbie Samuels Day”
In the City of Boston; And Be It Further
RESOLVED That the Boston City Council extends its best wishes for continued success, that this resolution be duly signed by the President of the City Council, attested to and a copy thereof transmitted by the Clerk to be made part of the permanent record of the City of Boston.
Wow! “Robbie Samuels Day”! I don’t really have words for what this means to me. The recognition of my work is really encouraging.