Joint Statement on Bushwick Hate Assault: Ana Maria Archila, Executive Director, Make the Road New York , & Manny Rodriguez, Make the Road New York/GLOBE
Contact: Contact: Irene Tung 718-755-6750
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
Ana Maria Archila, Executive
Director, Make the Road New York
Manny Rodriguez, Make the
Road New York/GLOBE (A group to support LGBT people of Bushwick, formerly Gays and
Lesbians of Bushwick Empowered) and lifelong resident of Bushwick
We were shocked to learn
about the assault of two men were assaulted at Kossuth Place and Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn.
As Latinos who identify as gay and lesbian, we are especially troubled that
anti-LGBT and anti-Latino slurs were used by one or more of the assailants.
This incident further confirms
what we already know: that hateful violence against any group--Latino or gay,
Black or immigrant, Asian or transgender--is inextricably related. There is an
urgent need to build solidarity between these groups, increase public education about the issue and increase the
visibility of Latinos and immigrants who identify as LGBT.
Make the Road New York
represents over 4,000 members, primarily Latino immigrants. GLOBE, (a group to
support LGBT people of Bushwick, formerly Gays and Lesbians of Bushwick
Empowered) is a project of our organization which has been fighting homophobia
for ten years in Bushwick. On behalf of
all of our members, we express our condolences to the victims and their
We look forward to working
with other community groups, elected officials and other appropriate
authorities to seek justice for the victims, support their families during this
time of grief, and bring our community together to make sure that this kind of
violence never happens again.
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.