Long Islanders Rally For Unity, Protest Against Hate, Reject Trump’s Visit Today

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To learn more about the rally today, visit the Facebook event page.

A large coalition of Long Island groups released a statement regarding the President’s visit to Suffolk Community College today, July 28:

“We are saddened and outraged to see President Trump seek to use local tragedies for political gain—and particularly to fuel his hateful, anti-immigrant agenda. We say, loud and clear, that, after months of vilifying our communities, he is not welcome here.

“Here on Long Island, community members are committed to working to make sure our communities and young people are safe. And we are committed to coming together to support youth and families harmed by violence, especially immigrant families who have been the majority of the victims and survivors of this violence. As we commit to repairing and healing our communities, we know that Trump’s divisiveness and xenophobia will not make us safer, nor will it help us achieve the structural changes that long-neglected communities like Brentwood and Central Islip need.

“To genuinely address the challenges our communities face, we need elected officials to invest in our youth, rather than criminalizing, demonizing and using repressive measures against immigrant communities. Investing in our young people and their communities is our way forward for sustaining healthy and safe neighborhoods for generations to come. Community safety is providing young people with a meaningful job, internship, and training opportunities, robust afterschool and summer programs, early education, access to quality healthcare, mental health support, and practices informed by the trauma our neighbors have suffered, to support their social and emotional growth. This also means investing and supporting the social integration and well-being of our immigrant neighbors, including legal services and adult education services, to empower immigrant and other low-income parents to provide for their families and better support their children’s development.

“In their response to the tragedies in our communities, Donald Trump and Peter King have not shown concern about the issues that affect our communities. Instead, they have utilized their positions to scapegoat entire segments of the population for their own political gain. This approach is entirely backward and counter-productive, and we will resist it at every turn.

“At this difficult moment, immigrant communities and allies stand together and vow to protect one another against the harmful policies and rhetoric of this administration. We stand united against hate.”

Signed,

Alliance for Quality Education
Bend the Arc: Jewish Action
Central American Refugee Center
East End Action Network
Empire Justice Center
Empowerment Collaborative of Long Island
Faculty Association of Suffolk Community College
#Get2Work Long Island
Humanists of Long Island
LGBT Network
Long Island Activists
Long Island Civic Engagement Table
Long Island Immigrant Alliance
Long Island Jobs with Justice
Long Island Progressive Coalition
Long Island Together
Long Island Wins
Long Island Women of Vision Coalition
Make the Road New York
Move Forward Long Island
Muslims for Progress
National Institute for Reproductive Health
New York Communities for Change
New York’s 2nd District Democrats
North Country Peace Group
NY State United Teachers
Pantsuit Nation-Long Island Chapter
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County
Planned Parenthood Hudson-Peconic
Progressive East End
Reformers/NY Progressive Action Network
Resist and Replace
32BJ SEIU
SEPA Mujer
Show Up Long Island
Sisters of St. Joseph-Brentwood
Solidarity Sundays of the East End
STRONG Youth, Inc.
Together We Will Long Island
Action Together Long Island (ATLI)

—Submitted by Long Island Activists

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  1. Blindness – TOTAL blindness here.
    Both King and The President got together for the purpose of letting a long running murderous gang with tentacles EVERYWHERE know they are NO LONGER GOING TO CONTINUE operating as they have here on Long Island.

    How some of you turn that into a racial discrimination issue is beyond contemptible.

    It is a CRIME ISSUE AND A MURDER ISSUE AND A COMPLETE TAKEOVER OF INNOCENT COMMUNITIES IN WHOLE AND IN PART BY MS-13 ISSUE and now we have some attention finally being paid to these gangs by a President who has a set, unlike the last guy-

    WAKE THE HELL UP-!!!

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