Demond Meeks is a Native of Rochester, NY. Demond and his wife Cratrina raised their children in the 19th Ward. Demond and his family worships at Aenon Missionary Baptist Church. Demond’s educational background includes an Associates from MCC and a BA from SUNY Brockport. He has received additional labor related trainings and certifications from Cornell University.
As a servant leader in the Rochester community, Demond has been an advocate for quality education, fair wages, workers’ rights and social justice. As an Administrative organizer with 1199SEIU, Demond represents nearly 800 healthcare sector employees, in which he takes on an array of tasks inclusive of bargaining contracts. Demond has mobilized workers around workplace issues, such as improved wages, benefits, as well as dignity and respect. Shortly after achieving employment with 1199SEIU in November 2010, he became an active member of the Rochester Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.
Demond has been an active member of the Parent Leadership Training Institute Civic Design Team since its induction in 2013, as they’re committed to teaching parents how to become practiced change agents for the next generation to improve the lifelong health, safety, and learning of children. Demond is an active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. He was initiated into the brotherhood in the spring of 2010. Demond currently assists his fellow fraternal brothers with “Project Stride,” a youth mentorship program at School #4 as well as mentorship at the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester.
With the assistance of his family, Demond commits to braving the elements on Rochester “Cold Blue” weather days and feeding those in need of a hot meal. As a formal member of the Regional and Statewide Coordinating Committee of the Poor People’s Campaign, Demond worked with groups such as Metro Justice and the Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA) building coalitions as part of “A National Call for Moral Revival.”
Driven by his passion for people, Demond holds dear to heart “The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matt. 25:40). As a vested member of the Rochester community, Demond is an advocate for social justice and the empowerment of youth. Demond’s good works have been recognized by the community at large. In 2017 he was awarded the Black Men Achieve Awards “Civil & Human Rights and Brother of the Year” awards. In 2018 he was awarded the Frederick Douglass Award from the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. In 2019 Demond was awarded the “Civil & Human Rights Activist of the Year.” Demond was also awarded the Dr. Walter Cooper Community Service Award by the Rochester Black Bar Association as well as the “Superior Community Service Award” from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated.
Demond is running for office in order to improve the standard and quality of living for all Rochestarians. He is committed to educating, organizing, and mobilizing people around community issues. We cannot continue the practice of going to Albany, seeing bills passed to the benefit of New York City and not the Rochester community. We must meet with our communities and take into consideration their views on the issues in which we the representative will vote on.
In the role of State Assemblymen, I will apply the practices of an organizer. We will keep the community informed of issues by way of social media and mailings, as well as commit to regular scheduled town hall meetings throughout the Assembly District. I AM A SERVANT LEADER COMMITTED TO THE PEOPLE!