BROOKLYN — Neighbors can learn the best tactics for preventing hate crimes at a pair of upcoming community forums.
Council Member Stephen Levin, who is hosting the meetings, is calling on residents to discuss how they can put an end to hate crimes by taking positive actions.
“In the face of uncertainty, we must join together with one another to make a positive change in our community,” Levin said in a statement.
“While we keep a watchful eye on what is happening on a national stage, we can also make a difference right here in our neighborhood. I hope you will join us and learn how love will prevail in the end.”
Following the presidential election, more than 300 hate crimes have been reported nationwide, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, including dozens in New York, where hate crimes are up by nearly a third this year.
Just last week, a Bay Ridge man was charged with a hate crime after threatening to cut the throat of a Muslim NYPD officer and shouting "ISIS," police said.
And last month, a pair of swastikas accompanied by the words “Go Trump!” were found scrawled at the Adam Yauch Park playground in Brooklyn Heights.
“While there have already been deeply troubling incidents of violence and hate in our very own neighborhoods, I have been heartened by the community’s response,” Levin added.
“In the wake of these incidents we have come together and reaffirmed our belief in a welcoming and empathetic city. Everywhere I go people are seeking opportunities to better help one another. Love, not hate, is the answer.”
The first meeting will be held Thurs., Dec. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Automotive High School at 50 Bedford Ave. in Greenpoint.
The second meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Francis College at 182 Remsen St. in Downtown Brooklyn.