I represented UNA-USA Broward Chapter at the Leadership Summit in Washington DC. June 4-6. As Advocacy Chair, I volunteered to serve as Advocacy Day Hill Lead where I met with Congressional Leaders such as Rep Sheila Sherfilus-McCormic, Rep Darren Soto, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Rick Scott and Rep. Frederica Wilson.
Serving as Hill Lead, allowed for the chapter to be recognized during the meetings with the Congressional Leaders and their staffs, as well as during the summit to both online and in-person attendees. Our Chapter was mentioned in most of my conversation during networking events and the Summit Breakout Sessions. Several concerns we requested to be discussed with our leaders. I asked Ambassador Christopher Lu, U.S. Mission to the United Nations U.S,. Department of State, a guest speaker during one of the Summit Sessions, during Q&A I asked him about the Fentanyl drug war and what’s being do to protect our children and families. He responded and thanked me for asking the question. He elaborated that the UN remains committed to combating these crimes then told is to stay tuned for an upcoming release on plans later in June.
During another session I asked about Florida banning books containing important history of specific groups and other States following. One speaker responded, “If you don’t want to talk about racism then stop doing it.” Another speaker responded “All politics requires a global conversation that should be addressed locally.” I agreed that these conversations should be at the forefront of our local elected officials agenda.
The Summit was an overall success. Lots of opportunities to network with member states. I met several United Nations Association leadership staff and introduced our charter. I took pictures and shared the amazing work UNA-USA is doing within my personal social network. On one of my post, the UNA-USA social media page liked the post and commented, thanking me for my leadership and that they hope to see me back next year.
Dr. Lavern Deer UNA-USA Broward County Chapter