A Neighborhood Comes Together
By Ilija Sekulovski
In light of the recent attack on Astoria store owner Sarker Haque, Astoria residents have come together to stand against hate and prejudice.
To stand up with Astoria, and with peace, here are the events held where anyone can come and lend their support:
Join us for a rally of support of our Muslim community tomorrow. All are invited to stand with us, Senator Michael Gianaris, Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, and the Muslim American Society tomorrow at 11:30am at 21-37 21st Avenue.
This week a man was assaulted in Astoria due to his religious beliefs. This targeted assault is unconscionable and is the antithesis of what Astoria is all about. The strength of our community lies in our diversity. This small business owner is part of the fabric of our neighborhood and we all condemn this hate crime. Join us tomorrow to show that we won't tolerate this behavior.
11:30am at 21-37 21st Avenue.
In response to last Saturday's hate crime in our neighborhood, The Giving Tree is hosting a peaceful demonstration tomorrow night in Astoria. Tomorrow morning there will be a press conference and they will announce the Meditation for Peace. Please spread the word so we can show our support for Haque and demonstrate that we will not tolerate this kind of behavior.
MEDITATION FOR PEACE: The community of Astoria responds to hate crime on Muslim small business owner with peaceful demonstration.
WHY: Last Saturday (12/5), Astoria small business owner, Sarker Haque, was the victim of a hate crime when he was physically assaulted as his attacker screamed ‘I kill Muslims’.
DATE: 12/10/15 TIME: 6-7pm
LOCATION: Fatima Food Mart 21-37 21st Avenue/23rd Street in Astoria
INSTRUCTIONS: Please arrive quietly and congregate in front of Fatima Food Mart. As this is a meditation, please stand or sit quietly meditating on peace. A bell will ring to begin the meditation and will ring again to complete it.
Via Show Your Love For Fatima Food Mart Facebook Page: Hosted by Marianna Nash and Ivy Vasconez-Keenan
Signing: 10:30 am
Delivery: 11 am
Let's meet in Astoria Park at the corner of Ditmars Blvd and 19th Street at 10:30 am this Sunday to sign a giant card and chip in for flowers that we will bring for Sarker Haque, an Astoria business owner of more than 30 years who was the recent target of a hate crime. Come together as a community to support your neighbor and show what Astoria really stands for.
We'll sign the card at the park and walk over to deliver it with the flowers to the store at 11 am sharp. Don't forget to buy something once we get there! ☺️
*Featued Image Via Huffington Post