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LIers Demand Suffolk GOP Cancel Trump Event

Press Advisory

For Immediate Release                                                                                              

April 12, 2016

Press Contact
Daniel Altschuler,

Lisa Tyson,

Long Islanders to Demand Suffolk Republicans Cancel Trump Event Just Blocks from Hate Murder of Marcelo Lucero:

Community members and religious leaders will hold press conference outside Patchogue Emporium to denounce event in village rocked by anti-immigrant violence 


Patchogue, New York—On Wednesday, Long Islanders, including Joselo Lucero, will rally outside the Emporium in Patchogue to demand that Suffolk County Republican Chair John Jay LaValle cancel his Party’s fundraiser with Donald Trump on Thursday, which is slated to occur mere blocks away from the 2008 hate murder of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero. The Lucero killing highlighted what the Southern Poverty Law Center identified as a “Climate of Fear” created by then-Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, who fanned the flames of anti-immigrant sentiment for political gain and created a permissive environment in which xenophobic violence proliferated. 

Thursday’s event, at which Mr. Trump will repeat his anti-immigrant rhetoric, promises to re-open a devastating wound in a community torn apart by the violence that Trump-like divisiveness fosters. Mr. Trump launched his campaign by referring to Mexicans as “criminals” and “rapists,” and has repeatedly called for mass deportation of the country’s eleven million undocumented immigrants, as well as a ban on Muslims from entering the nation.

What: Long Islanders Demand that Suffolk County Republicans Cancel Trump Event to be Held Blocks from Site of Marcelo Lucero’s Hate Murder

Where: The Emporium (site of planned Trump event): 9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772

When: Wednesday, April 13th, 11am

Who: Patchogue residents, including Joselo Lucero (brother of Marcelo Lucero), religious leaders, and Long Islanders from community and labor groups, including Long Island Progressive Coalition, Long Island, Long Island Federation of Labor Make the Road Action, New York State Immigrant Action Fund, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County Action Fund, SEIU 32BJ, 1199SEIU, Nassau County White Rose Society, New York Communities for Change, the Sparrow Project, and the Working Families Party.


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