NYC LGBT Center and Anti-Violence Project Announce Community Events to Respond to Recent Violence
The New York City Anti Violence Project and LGBT Center announced via social media yesterday that a rally and Community Safety Night will be held next week in response to the recent ash of anti-gay violence across the city that lead to Saturday night's attack and murder of Marc Carson in Greenwich Village. Both events are being coordinated with the the NYPD, city officials and City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn.
As reported on their Facebook page, The LGBT Center of New York City announced that there will be a march and rally on Monday evening, May 20
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MARCH AND RALLY IN RESPONSE TO LGBT HATE CRIMES
Monday, May 20th at 5:30 p.m. Beginning at the Center, 208 W 13th Street, and proceeding to West 8th Street and 6th Avenue.
Following a string of heinous bias attacks against gay men, including the murder of a 32 year old man on Friday night, community members, elected officials, LGBT community leaders and allies will march to the site of Friday's shooting to demand an end to hate crimes against the LGBT community.
At the end of the march, we will rally to denounce hate violence, call for justice and to mourn the death of Marc Carson.
Please join the Center, the NYC Anti-Violence Project, Speaker Quinn, community leaders and elected officials to reclaim our city for all New Yorkers.
As posted on their Facebook page and website, the New York City Anti-VIolence Project announced that a series of Safety Nights scheduled to run throughout Pride month will be held starting Friday, May 24th in neighborhoods affected by the recent series of anti-gay attacks.
In light of this homicide and the recent spate of anti-LGBT violence over the past week, AVP will be holding a Community Safety Night on Friday, May 24th, and continuing on every Friday throughout Pride month. During Friday Safety Nights, AVP will be out on the streets doing Friday Safety Nights outreach in the affected neighborhoods to raise awareness and provide people with information and safety tips. We will be bringing community members together to talk about what we can do to address and prevent this violence - and you can help! We will need dedicated volunteers and concerned community members to get out there and join us as we bring our message of safety to the streets.
WHAT: Friday Safety Nights outreach in neighborhoods affected by anti-LGBTQ violence
WHEN: Friday, May 24th (and continuing on every Friday throughout Pride month)
WHERE: Meet at AVP at 6 pm for a brief Safety Training, then we will head out to do outreach together!
TO JOIN US: Contact Tasha Amezcua at firstname.lastname@example.org or watch for event announcements on our Facebook page.
AVP encourages you to report violence you experience or witness to our free and confidential 24-hour bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline at 212-714-1141 where you can speak with a trained counselor and seek support, or you can report violence anonymously online.
Find out more about AVP at our website, www.avp.org, get regular updates on our ongoing work on Facebook.com/antiviolence or Twitter @antiviolence, and get involved and make a difference.