Vigil & Call for Justice for Growing Incidents of Violence

Tue, 2013-01-08 15:30

At a press conference and a vigil on Tuesday, DRUM (Desis Rising Up & Moving) and CAIR-NY (Council on American Islamic Relations) will bring together community members, elected officials, and allies to address the growing incidents of racial violence targeting members of AMEMSA communities across New York City. The recent subway pushing death of Indian immigrant, Sunando Sen, at a 7 train station is the fourth such case within the last two months. Other incidents have included the stabbing of a Muslim man on his way to the mosque, the killings of several men of Middle Eastern descent by a serial killer, and the brutal assault on a man for being Muslim. The same trend has been evident across the country. Speakers will highlight the commonalities between incidents, and groups promoting hate-filled agendas, such as racist subway ads, and about the hostile environment created by biased policies, such as racial profiling by police, which create the conditions for these incidents to take place.

Many of our communities are currently grieving over the horrific rape and death in India, as well as the blocking of the VAWA Act in the US, and thus the vigil will also include and address issues of root causes and systemic nature of gender violence.

WHEN:  Tuesday, January 8th, 3:30 PM

WHO:  CAIR-NY; Members of DRUM (Desis Rising Up & Moving); elected officials including NY City Council member Daniel Dromm; AMEMSA groups; Racial Justice community organizations

WHAT:  Press Conference and Vigil Calling for Justice for Growing Incidents of Violence against Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities

WHERE:  Jackson Heights Plaza (37th Road between 73rd and 74th Street) – Near the 7 train


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For more information, call Kazi at DRUM - (718) 205-3036

Jackson Heights Plaza
(37th Road between 73rd and 74th Street) – Near the 7 train
New York, NY
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