Nov. 10, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan
Since Donald Trump was elected as president on Tuesday night, there has been a feeling of divisiveness throughout the country, but many community members are taking it as an opportunity to bring the community together and embrace diversity.
Several Jackson Heights residents are organizing a “Diversity Trumps Hate” gathering at Diversity Plaza beginning at 5 p.m. tomorrow evening, aiming to bring members of the community together to support one another.
Organizer Jake Feldman said the event stemmed from a text conversation with several friends.
“Following the results of Tuesday, we wanted to figure out how to feel more engaged and active in what was going on,” he said. “And when we were talking about it, the thing that resonated the most for us was that Jackson Heights is the most diverse zip code in the country, and it has established such a harmony and community that manages to live, work, socialize, and just exist side by side.”
Though Feldman said that he and the other organizers are still working to nail down the details of the event, he said that several community leaders including Councilman Danny Dromm would speak, and then it would open up to members of the community that wanted to talk.
He said that he hopes people will share a reading or song from their own traditions and cultures, to show the diversity and inclusiveness of the neighborhood.
“We wanted to communicate to our kids that despite the fear and unrest right now, everything will be okay because our community is strong and we believe America is stronger and better than that,” Feldman said.
He said that he expects the event to run for several hours, and due to the central location, expects hundreds of people to at least stop by.
“The stakes are very high these days and the thing that we want to make sure we communicate to everybody is that no matter the outcome, we want to stand together as a community and support each other and not fear that things will take a downturn in terms of freedoms, liberties, rights, or safety and inclusion in our community,” Feldman said.
“We will do everything in our power to staunchly repudiate any message of non-inclusiveness,” he added.
For more information on the event, visit the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/334643766914110/.
Joe from the Berkley used to hang out at the betsy ross ,the magic touch,and now the music box
I used to love the earle theater
Joe from the Berkley you can use a bath yourself fatty
It is a dirty place, actually its unhealthy that block, skevie mckenna. Me personally i wouldnt even walk down that block, nevermind stop and sit ot there and eat. Lots of disease. Maybe your a very dirty person and in need of a change of clothes,and a shower. Posters above are right, no angry people, jus truthful. Face it cupcake, its gross. Maybe youll get clean in the new year, Dirtvershittie plaza
I think these posts are all by the same sad angry person. Hope that you have a better year next year and get some compassion while you lose that unattractive talk. The Plaza needs work but it sounds like you could use some improvements of a personal nature.
Dirty dirty plaza
ATT:DAVID JOHNSON– THATS EXACTLY WHY ELMHURST IS A MESS
I cant believe the ready penny didnt bail out
The place is not livable
I dont like the dirt
Dirtvershittie plaza. It should be cleaned up it is filthy. As are some of the people who frequent it. A guy with sandals picking his toes. Ugg
You must be 70 yrs old now
I used to work at Dumbarton oaks
There used to be a jewelry store by the theater and a liquor store too. 2 bars. I remember that guy had the best pizza in the neighborhood. Ferns sporting goods was around the corner on 74st. It was a nice place
First a slice at bennys pizza, which was called la conca doro, then go to the earle theater , catch a flick, bring in a six pack, then dumbarton oaks for some beer,boobs, and end your night by davitts bar. Ahhh the good old days, good times
Remember when that block was nice.bennys pizza was there
Alot of Great Places Used to Be There… What a SHAME!!
Thank god a president with a backbone.
I love trump. Thank god!
Actually, Elmhurst is the most diverse community in this nation, but I’ll still show up to show my support.
This is what we’re up against.
Diversity plaza is filthy. Feldman, your as funny as your brother ,marty feldman. Hes our president, go protest in russia, if you dont like our new president go to canada,mexico,anywhere, but just go