More than 2,000 show support for Jews, unity and opposing hate
Marching in weather that brought spring to mind more than winter, more than 2,000 people ranging from elected officials to religious leaders to people from across Long Island, walked a half-mile on County Seat Drive to the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative building on Franklin Avenue in Mineola to show support for the Jewish community and their opposition to hate.
The Jan. 12 march was the second consecutive such event in the metropolitan area, following an onslaught of anti-Semitic attacks in December. On. Jan. 4, 25,000 people marched through Manhattan and Brooklyn in an effort to show solidarity after the assaults.
Senator Kevin Thomas (D-Levittown) attended the March and spoke to the crowd while holding his 1-year-old daughter:
I am the first South Asian senator in this state, and my community stands with the Jewish community. I brought my daughter with me today because we have to start them young and teach them never to accept hatred in our community.
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