Some of the The Bridge MCP Unity In Action Diversity Team Members at Brooklyn Borough Hall

By Cindy Grosz

A recent gathering of political, business, and public figures celebrated multiple holiday traditions and started the 2019 project of building love and not hate, hosted by The Bridge Multicultural Center.

The diplomats and Consul Generals of Israel and Haiti stood together in unity and brought tears and great joy to all attendees. Also in attendance were U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D), Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzales, Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, and City Council Members Chaim Deutsch (D) and Mathieu Eugene (D). Haitian community leader Farah Louis served as emcee, and members of the American Jewish Congress and the Anti-Defamation League of New York were also in attendance.

Consul General of Haiti Gandi Thomas spoke eloquently of the history of the Haitian people and its rich cultural contribution to America. “I am so proud to be here tonight, in the presence of such a magnificent crowd, and to be able to express our common vision that we must all work together as one to achieve unity among all people of all races and faiths,” he said.

Founder and Executive Director Mark Meyer Appel proclaimed, “Our nation’s cities have been torn apart with way too many episodes of race wars, gang violence, antisemitism, anti-Christian, Islamophobia. The flames of hate must be extinguished. We have worked hard as Americans to make our country a democracy and must continue to fight hard to preserve it.”

Mr. Appel hopes that the collaborative efforts of The Bridge Multicultural and Advocacy Project working as one voice in unity with all cultures and faiths can be duplicated all across America to bring tangible changes in communities.

For over a decade, The Bridge Multicultural Center has been a venue in New York for providing multicultural events for all of the diverse groups of the city collectively, as one voice, to eradicate racism and bigotry from our communities. The Bridge MCP has become a home and a central headquarters for all of New York’s diverse population. The vision for The Bridge has and always will be to have a community space where leaders meet to collaborate on ideas, with community-driven events for change.

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