#HateFreeZone Launch in Brooklyn

As Trump Administration Announces Muslim Bans, Border Walls, and Attacks on Sanctuary Cities, Diverse Communities in Brooklyn Hold Press Conference to Launch A Hate-Free Zone
January 25, 2017 – There are strong reports that the administration will sign executive orders (today and tomorrow) that will expand the border wall, target sanctuary cities, and create some version of “Muslim travel ban” on immigration and refugees from certain Muslim majority countries, along with increasing surveillance
On Wednesday, January 25 at 5:00PM EST, immigrant communities are rallying to launch a community defense and “hate-free zone” in Kensington, Brooklyn, New York City. Neighborhood-based groups, community members, local businesses, faith institutions, elected officials will come together to publicly take a stand against hate, marginalization, criminalization and violence by individuals and government policies. Groups will hold a press conference and march through Kensington, Brooklyn to show that our own communities can defend and protect ourselves. As frontline communities who are looking for ways to come together to defend ourselves and gain mutual support in light of increased racism, xenophobia, and bigotry ushered in by Trump’s inauguration and the executive orders issued in last few days, this action is part of a national movement and modeled after the “Hate-Free Zone” declared in Queens, New York City on December 2nd, 2016, and another in Mid-Hudson Valley on January 14, 2017.

WHAT:
Launch of Community Defense and Hate-Free Zone through a press conference and community march through Kensington, Brooklyn.
WHO:
Immigrant, Muslim, LGBTQ, Latino, Jewish, women, and worker communities based in and around Kensington, Brooklyn
WHEN:
Wednesday, January 25 at 5:00PM EST
Where:
Press Conference and Rally  at Avenue C Plaza, Kensington, Brooklyn
Visuals & Messaging:
Ants holding up a heart, representing the collective power of our communities to create a hate-free zone of protection and defense.
#HateFreeZone
#LoveAndProtectEachOther
#Here2Stay #Here2Fight
Co-Sponsors:
African Communities Together
API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC
BAJI – Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Bangladesh Society
BIPA – Bangladeshi Institute for Performing Arts
Brooklyn Movement Center
Caribbean Equality Project
Catholic Migration Services
Chhaya CDC
Community Development Project
Council on American Islamic Relations – New York
Councilmember Brad Lander
Councilmember Daniel Dromm
Damayan Migrant Workers Association
DJ Rekha, Basement Bhangra
DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving
El Centro del Inmigrante
Global Action Project
Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
IMI-Corona: Immigrant Movement International
India Home
Interfaith Center
International Socialist Organization – Queens
Jahajee Sisters
Japanese American Citizens League NY
Jewish Voice for Peace-New York
Jews for Racial & Economic Justice
Judson Memorial Church
Justice Committee
Laura Flanders Show
Long Island Wins
Make the Road New York
Malkhut- Progressive Jewish Queens
MAS-NY (Muslim American Society, NY)
MinKwon Center for Community Action
Muslim Community Network
New Sanctuary Movement NYC
New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
New York Immigration Coalition
NICE – New Immigrant Community Empowerment
Parents in Action
Queens Neighborhoods United
Queens Pride House (The LGBT Center of Queens)
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project
RIF Asylum Support
Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus
SAFEST – South Asian Fund for Education Scholarship Training
SALGA – South Asian Lesbian & Gay Alliance
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) NYC
Teachers Unite
The Bronx Defenders
Ugnayan Youth for Justice and Social Change
United We Dream
UnLocal
VOCAL-NY
Women for Afghan Women
Endorsers:
AAANY – Arab American Association of New York
Adhikaar
Advocates for Children of New York
AF3IRM – NY
American Bangladeshi Friends Society
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
CAAAV – Organizing Asian Communities
Chittagong Association USA
CMBB-Church Mcdonald Bangladeshi Business Association
Communities united for Police Reform
Companigonj Welfare Association USA
Critical Resistance – NYC
Dominican Women’s Development Center
Enlace
Faith In New York
Families for Freedom
Flux Factory
Friends of Diversity Plaza
FUREE
Girls for Gender Equity
Greater Noakhali Society USA INC
Haitian-American United for Progress, Inc (HAUP)
Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employer Network
Heightening Stories
HIAS
Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic – CUNY School of Law
Immigration Equality
Indo-Caribbean Alliance
International Action Center
International Alliance Against Mandatory Detention
Jackson Heights Bangladeshi Business Association
Jews Against Islamophobia
Khan Tutorial
Kichwa Hatari
Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York
Law@theMargins
Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens
Masjid Sabur
MFY Legal Services, Inc.
Muslim Democratic Club of NY
NESRI – National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
New York State Youth Leadership Council
NYS Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform
OCA-NY
Picture the Homeless
Queens Community House
Queens Creative Solidarity
Raha Iranian Feminist Collective
RAISE: Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast
Rep. Joseph Crowley
SABANY – South Asian Bar Association of New York
Sandwip Education and Cultural Society USA
Sandwip Society USA
SEVA NYC
Sosa Law
Stop Mass Incarceration
Street Vendor Project
Sukhi NY
Terraza 7
Trade Unionists in Solidarity with Colombia
Turning Point for Women and Families
UYC – Urban Youth Collaborative
Veterans For Peace-NYC Chapter 34
War Resisters League
Westchester Coalition against Islamophobia
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