This week Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter received the endorsement of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, a progressive political organization named after the legendary gay activist Jim Owles, dedicated to equality and freedom for all LGBTQ people.
With this announcement, the Jim Owles Club joins the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), as well as Northwest Bronx for Change, both of whom have already endorsed Desiree's candidacy for the State Senate.
Shortly after the announcement Desiree spoke about this endorsement and what it means to her:
"I am deeply honored to receive the support of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club," said Pilgrim-Hunter.
"Jim Owles was one of the bravest political activists New York has ever known. He was a founding President of one of this city's pioneering civil rights groups, the Gay Activist Alliance of New York, and the first openly gay person to run for public office in New York City.  His name will forever be linked with fierce opposition to bigotry and discrimination, in all forms, and his legacy continues to inspire new generations of activists to fight for full fairness and equality for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. I am proud to count myself among those who not only share this vision but are absolutely committed to fighting for it."
Last week Desiree announced the support of 20 community leaders from the 33rd Senate District. The diverse and influential group jointly recognized Desiree as a "trusted community leader" with a "strong record of standing up for the people of this district."
The complete list, which can be viewed here, includes leaders of tenant associations, community based organizations, and prominent religious institutions in the Northwest Bronx.
Earlier Desiree talked about the importance of having strong community based support for her campaign:
"When I announced my candidacy, I did so with a belief that although I am an outsider to Bronx politics, my background and record of fighting for this community gives me an insider's advantage where it really matters -- in the hearts and minds of residents of this district who are ready to make a fresh start," said Pilgrim-Hunter.
"This year we have the opportunity to make a clean break from business as usual in the Bronx. That is what this community deserves, and that is what I will deliver if elected." 
Every day brings more and more people to the conclusion that Desiree is the strongest candidate to defeat Pedro Espada this fall.
Her background and experience is in fighting for the people of this district, and she has built a winning campaign that not only reflects these values, but is strong enough to beat back the status quo and special interests to return this seat to the people.
Most important however, Desiree's not a political insider, she's a community insider. She doesn't come out of the current political establishment, so she alone will be able to make a clean break from the kind of politics that has caused so many to become distrustful of our elected officials.
There are many ways you can support Desiree's campaign to bring honest leadership to the Northwest Bronx.
By clicking on the link below, you can make an important contribution to Desiree's campaign. 
You can also volunteer to stand side-by-side with Desiree to defeat Pedro Espada by visiting her on the web and clicking on the "Volunteer" tab. 
Be sure to join Desiree's fan page on Facebook and help spread the word!!/pages/Desiree-Hunter/112159828816942?v=info 
Desiree is also on Flickr, where you can keep up with her many events and speaking engagements throughout the district.

Desiree and friends at the 2010 Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade. This and more images can be found on Desiree's photostream on Flickr

This year voters from across the state and here in the Bronx will look to this district for leadership on reforming Albany.  In Desiree, we have the candidate most capable of restoring the public's trust and delivering the change we both need and deserve.  We hope you'll join our campaign!
With thanks and more to come,

The Friends of Desiree Hunter
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