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The Brooklyn community is rallying together to fight racism and anti-Semitism.
The Youth Rally Against Hate was held at Madison High School, and aimed to educate others about the impact of hate crimes in the community.
It was co-hosted by Councilmember Chaim Deutsch and Councilmember Karen Koslowitz, who condemned the “disturbing rise” of hate crimes in New York, “which are impossible to miss.”
“In just the first two months of 2019, there has been nearly one hate crime every single day,” Deutsch said.
“This demonstrates the clear need to educate kids while they are young about the importance of respecting others, and understanding the impact that hate can have,’ Deutsch said.
Students of all ages and backgrounds expressed their thoughts on bias crimes that have happened in the borough.
Organizers say their message is to make young people aware that they need to stand up and end hate.
Local leaders say they are working on a new bill to implement a task force that will be dedicated to preventing and tackling hate crimes.
Organizers also spoke about creating programs in schools that will help students and staff to better identify and respond to hate incidents.
Many other local and city officials came in support of the cause.
Joining the rally were New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo; Congresswoman Yevette Clarke and her aide Eli Slavin, Councilmember Mathieu Eugene, Assemblymember Diana Richardson, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Congressmember Nydia Velasquez, Chanina Sperlin and Eli Cohen of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council (CHJCC), Josh Mehlman – Chairman FJCC of Flatbush and Midwood, and Robert Moskovitz – Executive Coordinator of Flatbush Shomrim.