February 03, 2022

Minkwon Center Launches the Flushing Hate Free Zone

PRESS STATEMENT
For immediate release
February 3, 2022
Contact: Christine Lee, christine.lee@minkwon.org

Queens, NY –The Minkwon Center for Community Action in partnership with The Flushing Greater Chamber of Commerce, are creating safe spaces in Flushing alongside hosting Know Your Rights sessions on immigration, community safety, and housing in light of the recent attacks on Asian American community members.

The Hate Free Zones will work alongside small businesses in Flushing and other community organizations that provide support to the AAPI community to create safe spaces and begin conversations about what it means to re-open Flushing “the right way” after COVID-19 has devastated many small businesses. As it is Lunar New Year, which thematically focuses on new beginnings, this is especially important. The project aims to create an inclusive, welcoming Flushing as a direct counter to the xenophobia that has been directed towards the AAPI community members.

“As the pandemic recedes and our community reopens, it’s important to welcome people of all backgrounds and emphasize that ‘Flushing Is Open to Everyone,’” stated John Choe, Executive Director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. “Since the 1657 Flushing Remonstrance, when residents and business owners fought for religious liberty, our community has been a beacon for inclusion and freedom for people from around the world. As we celebrate the Year of the Tiger, we must redouble our efforts to bring people together, fight against bigotry and violence, and proclaim to the world that ‘Flushing is A Hate-Free Zone!’”

“We at AAFE are proud to stand with dedicated community organizers in support of a Hate Free Zone in Flushing,” said Jennifer Sun, co-executive director of Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE). “Nothing could be more important than protecting our seniors and other vulnerable community members who are struggling to overcome the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. Our staff and volunteers are looking forward to working together with the Flushing community to create safe spaces, provide desperately needed resources and begin a constructive neighborhood-wide dialogue to further greater understanding and unity.”


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