On Sunday at 11:30 am, over 500 local residents were joined by Adam “Ad-Rock Horovitz, at a community meeting that turned into a rally against a hate incident that occurred in Adam Yauch Park of Brooklyn Heights. Also included amongst the community members was elected officials, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Daniel Squadron, City councilmembers Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, along with a number of different religious leaders. They all spoke, during the protest against racism and hate in Brooklyn and throughout the world.
The rally was ignited by a call that was made to Squadron’s office that alerted him about messages that said “Go Trump” and swastikas were being spray painted in Adam Yauch Park. Squadron and his office contacted the park’s department and the NYPD. Steps are being taken to remove the hate messages and images. The police are also investigating the incident. This caused the local meeting to become an all-out anti-hate rally, which was fueled by the support of local religious leaders and an artist from the Beastie Boys. The residents at the rally held up signs that read, “No Sleep ‘Til No Hate in Brooklyn”, “Love Trumps Hate”, “Where’s Your Anti-Nazi Tweet, Trump”, and “No One Is Alone”.
Although they had freezing weather and no proper audio system, so that everything could be clearly heard, those in attendance stood as one and energetically responded to every comment against racism. One speaker yelled, “If hate is carried out in his name and he says nothing, it becomes his hate.” The Beastie Boys’ “Ad-Roc” got on the megaphone and delivered a powerful message for everyone that could hear him.
“I’m assuming that we’re all here today ’cause we’re thinking the same thing; spray-painting swastikas at a children’s playground is a messed up thing to do. This is about hate crimes towards Muslims soaring to their highest levels since 9/11. We elected a president that is giving our children the message that it’s OK to attack people of color. This is real. We’ve gotta stand up against hate. If you’re able to give money, give to Black Lives Matter. If you’re able to protest, protest. If you’re able to volunteer, volunteer”, said Ad-Roc.