On Thursday, December 16, 2021, the Long Island Advocates for Police Accountability (LIAFPA) and its allies representing Black, Brown, Asian, disabled, LGBTQ+ and faith-based organizations on Long Island will hold a Press Event and Rally at 11:00 A.M. at the Centerport United Methodist Church, 97 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY, 11721 to denounce recent hate, bigotry and bias which has been marked by crimes and violent acts on Long Island. At the Press Event and Rally, we anticipate that community learders, religious leaders, and a bipartisan group of elected officials from both Nassau and Suffolk Counties will sign on to The People’s Public Proclamation Against Hate and commit to the message that “Hate has no place here!” in both word and deed.
The People’s Proclamation Against Hate will bring together a wide range of community leaders, religious leaders, and elected officials from diverse backgrounds, belief systems, life experiences and political parties to agree upon a baseline set of values to combat the rise of bias events, crimes and violence stemming from hatred, prejudice, racism and bigotry. The uptick in recent acts of bigotry and hate crimes, as well as incidents that are intended to separate us all is simply undeniable and has been widely covered in local media outlets, including Newsday. Recently, we have witnessed:
● On November 28, 2021, the so-called “Proud Boys”, an organization designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre and an extremist group with ties to white nationalists by the FBI, marched through Rockville Centre flashing white power hand signals and Nazi salutes.
● In December 2021, Robert Fehring of Bayport was arrested for sending over 60 letters to LGBTQ+ individuals, organizations, and leaders threatening violence against community members that would make the 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub attack “look like a cakewalk” in comparison. He compared gay men to animals.
A draft of the People’s Public Proclamation Against Hate is forthcoming. Co-Sponsoring and participating individuals, Churches and organizations should contact Fred Brewington or Tracey Edwards for more information.