Diverse Communities in Brooklyn Launch A Hate-Free Zone

1.JPGPost-Inauguration, Diverse Communities in Brooklyn Hold Press Conference to Launch A Hate-Free Zone

January 24, 2017 – 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 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.



#Here2Stay #Here2Fight


Contact: Rebecca John, DRUM -Desis Rising Up & Moving, rebecca@drumnyc.org, 214-724-6608



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



Women for Afghan Women




AAANY – Arab American Association of New York


Advocates for Children of New York


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


Faith In New York

Families for Freedom

Flux Factory

Friends of Diversity Plaza


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


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


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


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


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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