Solidarity rally to be held in Forest Hills
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Feb 22, 2017 | 957 views | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Forest Hills residents and others from across the city will take part in a rally against bigotry, intolerance and hate this weekend.

The Queens Stands Together Rally hopes to be an answer to the divisive political developments that nation presently faces.

“We have this solidarity rally, which takes on even greater meaning for this borough given it’s the most diverse place in the world,” said co-organizer Ethan Felder, a lawyer and Community Board 6 member. “It’s organized by citizens, attended by citizens, and for citizens.

“It’s the idea of what citizenship means in this extraordinary moment in history and how it’s incumbent on everyone to go above and beyond in terms of civic engagement and involvement,” he added.

Felder organized the rally with local community activists Mazeda Uddin, Peter Beadle, Prameet Kumar, Mark Laster, Mohammed Naeem, Alexa Weitzman and Edwin Wong.

Groups scheduled to take part include Arab-American Family Support Center, Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, Queens Connection, Jamaica Muslim Center, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and Women’s Action Group of Forest Hills.

Council members Jimmy Van Bramer and Karen Koslowitz, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi and Public Advocate Letitia James are also scheduled to appear.

While the group initially expected about 50 people to attend the rally, more than 500 people have already confirmed their attendance on the event’s Facebook page. Felder has been in close contact with the 112th Precinct regarding crowd control.

The rally will also give young people a chance to become leaders in their communities, with many being given the opportunity to speak at the rally.

The Queens Stands Together Rally will take place on Sunday, February 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MacDonald Park on Queens Boulevard between Yellowstone Boulevard and 70th Road.  

Queens values will be one of the strong points at the rally.

“Queens values mean that I care for my community, and when a group is threatened, it matters to me,” Felder said. “I have a stake in someone else's well being and whether they’re being treated fairly.”
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