Hate has no place in our community

Hate has no place in our community

Over the weekend, a Muslim-owned business on Church Avenue was vandalized with Islamaphobic graffiti.

Kensington is one of Brooklyn’s most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods – with strong Jewish, Christian, and Muslim populations, with long-time and newer residents, including immigrants from Bangladesh and Latin America. We all love this community’s vitality and cross-cultural exchange.

We must respond vigorously to bigotry targeting any group. Recently, Brooklyn has seen multiple anti-Semitic crimes – and the community has responded with appropriate outrage. Now, in the face of this Islamophobic attack on a member of Kensington’s Bangladeshi community, we must unite again.

The Kensington community cannot allow this space to be tarnished by bigotry. In fact, we have been exploring making this very space – an expanded sidewalk area in front of several stores at the intersection of Beverly Road and Church Avenue – into a new mini-plaza. This new community space would be created by and for the neighborhood’s diverse communities.

Tonight I will be gathering with the store owner and other community members, at the site to resist hate and celebrate the diversity of Kensington. We invite Kensington neighbors to join us.

Here are the details:

Church Avenue and Beverley Road
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

I hope you can be there to stand with us against hate in our community.