‘No tolerance’ for Hate Groups in Northern Manhattan

A vigil against racism and xenophobia in Fort Tryon Park. Rep. Adriano Espaillat is at center. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Residents of Upper Manhattan joined politicians Tuesday night in a vigil and protest against the white supremacist actions taken July 28 in Fort Tryon Park, where members of a group that calls itself Identity Evropa had unfurled a banner over the Henry Hudson Parkway that read: “Stop the Invasion – End Immigration.” Gregg McQueen and Desiree Johnson of Manhattan Times spoke to the protestors who turned out to demonstrate the community’s opposition to racism and xenophobia.

Among the participants at the vigil was Luis Cortes, director of worker outreach for the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR).

Although many immigrants are living in fear, Cortes said, the unity of Northern Manhattan reassures him.

“This is beautiful. I feel safe,” he said of the rally. “I feel that if I’m walking down the street and something happens to me, [the community] is going to help me. This is giving me energy to do the same for others.”

Josué Pérez said he was impressed with the turnout for the vigil, which was announced the previous day.

“You have young people, old people, different faiths and nationalities,” he said.

“The hate group probably planned for months and had 20 people here, we came together in 24 hours and had 200 people,” said Pérez.

Inwood resident Annette Aguilar said there can be “no tolerance” for the message of hate groups.

The rally was organized by Rep. Adriano Espaillat, and politicians in attendance included Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, State Assemblymembers Carmen De La Rosa and Al Taylor, Manhattan Deputy Borough President Aldrin Bonilla, Council member Mark Levine and District Leader María Luna. For more comments from Espaillat and others in attendance, go to Manhattan Times.

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