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Date(s) - 07/28/17
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Brentwood State Park

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Trump is coming to Suffolk County Community College – Brentwood Campus – This Friday. The SCPD have told us that we cannot go onto the campus. They have designated use of Brentwood Park –
which is across the street from SCCC – for the rally. This is an organized, PEACEFUL rally & protest. Please spread the word and join all of us to stand united in solidarity. We are #UnitedAgainstHate and #HereToStay. Please use these hashtags when sharing or talking about this on social media.

Press Statement and Advisory
July 26, 2017
For immediate release

Long Island Community Leaders Issue Unity Statement Rejecting Trump Visit

Brentwood, NY—In response to the news that President Trump will visit Brentwood to speak about MS-13 and attempt to further criminalize immigrant communities, Long Island community leaders issued the following unity statement. Community leaders will join together tomorrow (Thursday, July 27th) at 11:30am for a press conference at the site of Trump’s planned visit to reiterate their rejection of Trump’s visit.

(Full information on Thursday press conference at bottom)

Unity Statement

“We are saddened and outraged to see President Trump seek to use local tragedies for political gain—and particularly to fuel his hateful, anti-immigrant agenda. We say, loud and clear, that, after months of vilifying our communities, he is not welcome here.

“Here on Long Island, community members are committed to working to make sure our communities and young people are safe. And we are committed to coming together to support youth and families harmed by violence, especially immigrant families who have been the majority of the victims and survivors of this violence.

“As we commit to repairing and healing our communities, we know that Trump’s divisiveness and xenophobia will not make us safer, nor will it help us achieve the structural changes that long-neglected communities like Brentwood and Central Islip need.

“To genuinely address the challenges our communities face, we need elected officials to invest in our youth, rather than criminalizing, demonizing and using repressive measures against immigrant communities. Investing in our young people and their communities is our way forward for sustaining healthy and safe neighborhoods for generations to come. Community safety is providing young people with a meaningful job, internship, and training opportunities, robust after-school and summer programs, early education, access to quality healthcare, mental health support, and practices informed by the trauma our neighbors have suffered, to support their social and emotional growth. This also means investing and supporting the social integration and well-being of our immigrant neighbors, including legal services and adult education services, to empower immigrant and other low-income parents to provide for their families and better support their children’s development.

“In their response to the tragedies in our communities, Donald Trump and Peter King have not shown concern about the issues that affect our communities. Instead, they have utilized their positions to scapegoat entire segments of the population for their own political gain. This approach is entirely backward and counter-productive, and we will resist it at every turn.

“At this difficult moment, immigrant communities and allies stand together and vow to protect one another against the harmful policies and rhetoric of this administration. We stand united against hate.”

The letter was signed by local residents and representatives of the following community organizations:

Alliance for Quality Education
Action Together Long Island (ATLI)
Empowerment Collaborative of Long Island
#Get2Work Long Island
Humanists of Long Island
Long Island Activists
Long Island Civic Engagement Table
Long Island Immigrant Alliance
Long Island Progressive Coalition
Long Island Together
Long Island Wins
Make the Road New York
Move Forward Long Island
Muslims for Progress
National Institute for Reproductive Health
New York Communities for Change
New York’s 2nd District Democrats
North Country Peace Group
Pantsuit Nation: LI Chapter
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County
Progressive East End Reformers/NY Progressive Action Network
SEPA Mujer
Solidarity Sundays of the East End
STRONG Youth, Inc.
Together We Will Long Island

WHAT: Press Conference Rejecting Trump’s Presence on LI

WHERE: Suffolk Community College-Brentwood Campus (Crooked Hill Road Entrance)

WHEN: Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11:30am