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Supporters of S.V.A.

New York City Councilmember
-and- Brooklyn District Leader 
James Earl "Jed" Davis

STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association
Supporter 1995 to 2003 and Honorary S.R.V.A. Member Forever

N.Y.C. Councilmember James E. "Jed" Davis

Biography:  NYC Councilman and Public Official NYC James E. Davis
The biography starts with "Jed" (from his initials J.E.D.) Davis being born
in Brooklyn, NYC.  He was a corrections officer, a police officer, a Dem
district leader and a New York City councilmember representing the 35th.

New York Post: Mourning at City Hall for Councilman J. E. Davis

Councilmember James E. "Jed" Davis' Community Newsletter

U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (above) smiling big time with lively N.Y.C.Councilman Jed Davis

Councilmember Jed with Caroline Kennedy (above); and N.Y.S. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, U.S. Congressmen Charles
Rangel and Gregory Meeks and Bronx Boro President Adolpho Carrion, among many other notables

Councilman Jed Davis happily meets with President Bill Clinton and NY Governor Eliot
Spitzer, among endless other public officials plus and Ralph Carter from "Good Times"!

Of all the photos, our favorite pic of Jed Davis is un-suited and t-shirted and at the beach!

STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association
2003 S.R.V.A. Supporter

Councilman James E. "Jed" Davis

N.Y.C. Councilmember Jed Davis
-- "A public official for all the people all the time!" -- the Manhattan Gay Community Services Center
212 West 13 Street, 3rd Floor
Manhattan, New York
on Thursday, July 10, 2003
(This is one of the, if not the, last pix taken of Jed.)
[Photo by Willson L. Henderson]

Councilman Jed Davis's Letter of Thanks and Good Wishes to the S.R.V.A.

Note: Councilmember James "Jed" Davis was the first public official in word
or in writing to bestow good wishes on the S.R.V.A. for the new year 2003.


Councilmember Davis presents Willson Henderson with an On-Stage Hug and
the City Council Award for the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association

Program for "Holiday Gay Pride"
created and sponsored by
N.Y.C. Councilman Jed Davis

Willson Henderson
did not want Jed the public official misrepresented by anyone.
After Willson showed Jed all of the misspellings and typos (i.e., comma missing
after "12th", missing comma after "Plaza", missing "s" on"organization", "artist"
should be capitalized and plural, after "Bisexual" should be the word "and", etc.) on
this program page, Jed firmly (to say the least) decided and declared to Willson:
"Next year, I'm having YOU do the entire thing -- everything"!

STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("SVA") is clearly the chief recipient from J.E.D.

Councilman Jed Davis asked SVA's Willson Henderson:  "Why does Gay Pride just have
to be in June?"  Willson instantly replied:  "Actually, it doesn't"!  Thus, "Holiday Gay Pride"!

Invitation to "Holiday G.L.B.T. Pride Celebration"

N.Y. City Council Award announced for the S.R.V.A.

Permanent Public Tributes to James E. Davis

New York City Council James E. Davis Members Lounge
City Hall
Broadway & Chambers St.

Manhattan, New York 10007
(212) 788-7100

James E. Davis United States Post Office
315 Empire Bl. (@ Nostrand Av.)
Brooklyn, New York 11225
(800) 275-8777

James E. Davis Avenue
Nostrand Avenue from Atlantic Avenue to Empire Boulevard
Brooklyn, New York  11225

James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, New York

James E. Davis Library & Media Center
N.Y.C. Public School 46
510 Claremont Avenue
Brooklyn, New York

James E. Davis Scarlet Oak Tree
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
900 Washington Avenue at Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York  11225
(718) 623-7200

James E. Davis Stop Violence Foundation (JEDSVF)
1135 St. John's Place
Brooklyn, New York 11213
(718) 221-2911

James E. Davis Stop The Violence - Harlem Office 
625 Lenox Av. / Malcolm X Boulevard
(between West 141st and 142nd Streets)
Manhattan, New York 10031


The James E. Davis Foundation is a grass-roots, philanthropic organization established in 2003 by Geoffrey A. Davis, and his mother Thelma Davis, in an effort to continue the significant endeavors of their late, beloved brother and son, James E. Davis. The focal point of the foundation is to eradicate
violent crimein inner-city communities, encourage citizen participation in community and political affairs, promote equality and inclusion, and provide progressive programs that not only empower citizens, but also elevate their minds, shape their lives and inspire their futures. The foundation aims to be a catalyst for change in the communities it serves and in the lives it touches.>

Jed's younger brother Geoffrey A. Davis ("GAD") decided to continue his brother's fight for peace and harmony.  Geoffrey immediately mobilized endless supporters in a mission to push forward.  With profound respect and admiration for his brother's works, Geoffrey has kept James' vision alive.  To date, the JED Foundation has made tremendous strides in community enrichment by connecting citizens with opportunities for educational and career advancement through its GED preparation, computer training and job placement services.  Moreover, GAD now continues to bring diverse people together.  The JED Foundation has also united the community with events such as the Annual James E. Davis Stop Violence
Family Day Peace Walk & Concert and the Annual James E. Davis Multi-Cultural Peace Concert & Memorial.  Recent years yielded boxing legend Evander Holyfield, rap duo Salt-n-Pepa, boxing promoter Don King, borough president Virginia Fields and singer Melba Moore -- all participated as grand marshals.  The foundation has become a valuable resource to fatal victims of violence by playing a supportive role during the aftermath and providing assistance for bereavement, counseling, funeral
arrangements and, if needed, legal representation.

On July 24, 2009, they continued to honor James E. Davis via an events line-up that started with the 6th Annual James E. Davis Multi-Culture Peace Breakfast.  Set in New York's City Hall, this yearly gathering hosted an array of political, religious, social, arts and entertainment luminaries.  Attendance exceeded 400 guests and featured a musical performance by a current R&B artist and a gospel chorus.

The James E. Davis "Stop The Violence" March and Festival is scheduled every sunmmer!


For more background, biography and information on Councilman James E. Davis, visit:


2012 Annual James E. Davis Tribute

Monday, July 23rd, 2012
@ 1:30 p.m.
{revised time}
City Hall
Manhattan, N.Y.

Hosted by:  Geoffrey A. Davis

Speakers include:
Mrs. Thelma Davis, Mother of James E. and Geoffrey A. Davis
Hakeem S. Jeffries, NYS Assemblyman, Congressional nominee and Jed's BFF
Willson L. Henderson, Director, STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association



10-Year Anniversary:  Heroic NYPD Detective Reflects on the Jed Davis Tragedy

On that fateful Wednesday, July 23, 2003, New York City Police Officer Richard Burt was assigned to the City Council and, in fact, was stationed in the City Council Chamber when gunfire erupted up in the Council balcony.......



Memorial Service to James E. Davis

The annual memorial service for peace activist and council member James E. Davis ("Jed") was Monday, September 29, 2014 at New York City Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The event started in the appropriately-named James E. Davis Memorial Lounge at City Hall.  Part of the speaking service will be conducted in the City Council Chamber.  Memorial is hosted by Jed's brother and Brooklyn district leader Geoffrey A. Davis.


===In Living Tribute to Jed and Named in His Honor===
Guidelines and suggestions to lessen the chance of violence.
Included are helpful tips that you should remember always!


2018 -- 15th Anniversary

New York One Television News Airs Tribute to James E. Davis

The tribute to New York City's 35th District Councilman James E. "Jed" Davis in 2003 aired on New York-1 TV's primetime show "New York One 'Live' at Ten".  The tribute included memorable vintage film clips of Councilman Jed on the show in a lively debate with an adversary.  You were immediately reminded of how well-spoken, demonstrative and exciting Jed was.  Host Cheryl Wills did a pleasing and heartfelt tribute to Jed.  
NY-1 was in communication with the STONEWALL Veterans' Association before and after the telecast.  The tribute concluded with a handsome close-up photo of Jed with the years of his life (1962 - 2003)!     


New York City Council issues J.E.D. Remembrance in 2018

The New York City Council appropriately issued a fifteen-year anniversary tribute to their fallen colleague Councilmember James E. Davis.  Ironically, there are no councilmebers in the NYC Council who were there in the Council Chamber that fateful day fifteen years ago.  It is mentioned that the impressive and stately New York City Council Lounge is named after J.E.D.


2018 -- "Stop The Violence, Love Yourself" March

The former NYC Councilmember James E. "Jed" Davis started this anti-violence march in Brooklyn in the mid-1990s.


Book:  "Love Yourself, Love Each Other"
Cover drawing is of James and Geoffrey Davis
Book authored by Geoffrey A. Davis


2019 -- Television Documentary on James E. Davis

In their new television news series "Only In New York", local tv station PIX-11 presents a documentary on former NYCPD police officer and NYC Councilman James E. (Jed) Davis.  Interviewing Jed's dedicated mother Thelma Davis and his virtually lifelong little brother Geoffrey A. Davis are crucial.  Interviewing Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, also a former NYCPD police officer and Jed friend, makes total relevance.  Getting comments from Al 'Sharp-tongue' is a disconnect.  Jed referred to him as "a former hairdresser"!  Since PIX-11's junior creative producer Heath Benfield failed to contact several key people, we are presuming that the Jed documentary will not be a 'complete' retrospective of Jed's life.  We doubt, in advance, that they even know his nickname was "Jed".  Lettuce see!  The half-hour show airs on Channel 11 locally in the NY Tri-State area on Friday evening, March 29th, 2019 @ 10:30 p.m. (EST).


2019:  NYC Council Tribute to James E. Davis

The outstanding former New York City Councilman James "Jed" Davis was rightfiully remembered in a tribute ceremony at the New York City Council on the tragic 16th anniversary of Jed's shocking loss!  NYC Council majority leader Laurie A. Cumbo stated:  

“Today, the Council honored James’s memory in a moment of silence and recommitted ourselves to fighting against all forms of violence.  His untimely death was a terrifying reminder to everyone that gun violence can occur at any place and any time and to any person”.

“At the Council, we remember James today and on many days.  The Council Members’ Lounge, where we gather for everything from budget negotiations to relaxing to holiday parties, bears his name.  The James E. Davis Lounge also has a plaque in his honor.  He will always live on in the hearts of his family, friends, former colleagues and here in City Hall, the place where he worked to improve the lives of his constituents.”  Ironically, Miss Cumbo is also a successor to Jed as the member from Brooklyn's 35th NYC Council District!

Biopic Movie to be made about Councilman J.E.D.!


Remembering James 'Jed' Davis... and Re-Open the Investigation!

This unique 17th tragic anniversary tribute to outstanding former New York City councilman and former New York City Police Department police officer and police academy instructor and district leader James 'Jed' Davis is impressive with its comprehensiveness to Jed's accomplishments and his outgoing personality and handsome looks!  The article, more than any that we have seen in nearly two decades, questions the full circumstances of Jed's shocking, public and tragic ending.  It also rightfully demands the reopening of the criminal murder investigation.  As Jed's intimate friend, Willson Henderson commented:  "The convenient Gay murderer, with way too many coincidental accommodating circumstances was the Lee Harvey Oswald of this assassination!"    



Twentieth Anniversary of the Great Loss of N.Y.C. Councilman James E. "Jed" Davis

The late, great, handsome, athletic and intimate friend James E. "Jed" Davis, on the twentieth anniversary of his loss, is featured in many newspapers, local NYC television shows, social media, radio programs, and many other media.  One is this program linked below.  Ironically, it features Jed's brother Geoffrey A. Davis, who the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association's director Willson Lee Henderson considered (as he knows) to be his 'brother-in-law'; the current New York City mayor Eric Leroy Adams, a Willson political friend also serving as head of the former borough president's GLBT Advisory Counsel, who has followed in the political and other footpaths of Jed; and the host Errol Louis, a former free-lance proofreader who worked through the Willson-founded, owned and managed Proofreaders Unlimited!  Ironic, too, ALL of the aforementioned are from Brooklyn, USA!  


20th Anniversary
23rd July


23rd July


July 23


23rd July

July 23, 2020:  17th Memorial Anniversary for Councilman James 'Jed' Davis
"Effervescent, handsome and talented Jed is happily impossible to ever forget!" 
-- Willson L. Henderson

23 July 

Remembering James E. "Jed" Davis:  15 Years Later!
New York 1 TV News with Cheryl Wills had a tribute!


July 23, 2013:  NYC Councilman James E. Davis Tribute at City Hall


July 2, 2012:  Geoffrey A. Davis on "The People's Court" on T.V.
regarding a non-deal about a James E. Davis book and/or movie!  Geoffrey rightly won!


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