New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization are Going to Long Island

Ruben Diaz

September 04, 2009

On  Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 10:00am, New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz  and  members of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will board  a bus at Christian Community  Church, located at 1437 Longfellow Avenue in The  Bronx to travel to Patchogue, Long Island and protest the ongoing hatred  toward Hispanics in Long Island.  The group will arrive at the Iglesia  Evangelical Refugio de  Salvacion, located at 102 Railroad Avenue at 2:00 noon.  The Long Island church was burglarized on Tuesday night and a note with anti-Hispanic comments were left on the altar.
Senator Reverend Diaz, Chair of the Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Caucus stated:  “The ethnic hatred of  Hispanics in Long Island is frightening. These are not isolated incidents.  They are attacks on fellow human beings with  baseball bats, bb guns, pepper spray, and other items. These attacks include arson against churches.  They are part of the ongoing atmosphere of anti-immigrant  hatred and racial  intolerance against Latinos in Long Island. During the next  few  months,  Members of the New York Hispanic Clergy and I intend to meet with as many local leaders, public officials,
police chiefs, and district  attorneys  as  we can. Our intention is to actively  engage the community to put an end to racial intolerance in Long Island.”
The  Southern Poverty Law Center issued a report this week stating: "Latino immigrants  in  Suffolk  County  live  in  fear.   Political leaders in the country have done little to discourage hatred and some have actively fanned the flames.”
For  further  information,  please  contact  Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz at 718/496-4793