2004 Winter/Spring Edition
Mayor Honors Isaac Parsee
people talk of dedicating their life to making the world a better
place, but Human Rights Specialist Isaac Parsee has actually done
it. With 22 years at CCHR, Mr. Parsee has invested his enormous
energy and experience into many City neighborhoods. He is currently
the Deputy Director of the Queens Community Service Center and Director
of CCHR's Mortgage Foreclosure and Pre-Purchase Counseling Program.
In February, Mr. Parsee was one of six City employees honored by
Mayor Michael Bloomberg for outstanding public service, receiving
an award at a special Black History Month reception.
Michael R. Bloomberg honors Isaac Parsee during a special Black
History Month reception.
a living civil rights legend, Mr. Parsee served in VISTA –
Volunteers in Service To America, and SNCC – Student Non-Violent
Coordinating Committee before going on to Ruleville, Mississippi
to work on Freedom Farm with Fannie Lou Hamer. He also worked with
poet and political activist Amiri Baraka in Newark, organizing minority
groups to be more politically involved. Their work put the first
African-American mayor in office on the East Coast.
He is a devoted volunteer in his community and sits on Advisory
Board 14 in Far Rockaway and the Queens District Attorney's African-American
Advisory Board. In 2002, Mr. Parsee received the Isaac Liberman
Public Service Award for career civil service employees from the
100 Year Association of New York.
Due to Mr. Parsee's initiative and leadership with Mortgage Foreclosure
and Pre-Purchase Counseling Program, CCHR expanded its mortgage
counseling efforts. The Program counsels hundreds of homeowners
and potential homeowners annually on the illegal predatory and discriminatory
lending practices that often target minority communities.