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Menchaca, Gentile to host unity rally in Sunset Park

February 3, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Carlos Menchaca at a Sunset Park rally for immigrants in November. Photo courtesy of Menchaca's office
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Elected officials, local civic and religious leaders and community organizations will be gathering together at a Sunset Park catering hall for a special “Unity in the Community” event organized by two local lawmakers.

Councilmembers Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook) and Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) are working together to organize the unity event, which will take place on Monday, Feb. 6, at Widdi Catering Hall, 5602 Sixth Ave., from 2 to 5 p.m.

The idea behind the event, according to Menchaca and Gentile, is to demonstrate what the neighborhoods they represent are all about: unity in the community.

Police Officer Aml Elsokary, a Muslim cop who was attacked along with her teenage son in December by a suspect on a Bay Ridge street who shouted anti-Arab slurs at her, will be among those in attendance.

“During these uncertain times and in the wake of a hate crime incident that targeted NYPD Police Officer Aml Elsokary and her son in Bay Ridge, community leaders will join one another to serve food and speak about these important issues,” a statement from the councilmembers read.

From 2 to 3 p.m., community leaders will prepare a special dish, a Mediterranean Unity Salad, for the guests. Food from local restaurants will be served to attendees invited by the leaders of local nonprofit organizations will be served from 3 to 5 p.m.


For more information, call Gentile’s office at 718-748-5200 or Menchaca’s office at 718-439-9012.


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