The Q at Parkside

(for those for whom the Parkside Q is their hometrain)

News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Hate Free Zone

From your good friends at PLGNA, check out this statement sent to public officials, seeking to get some traction for an official endorsement that we are a "hate-free" zone. Though I'll admit it's going to be tough, this whole "hate-free" thing. I know that serious activists have dealt with this for years, so I guess I have a lot to learn about tolerance and restraint. I'm feeling some pretty serious hate coming up and will find it difficult to stuff it back down. Or "let it go" as Elsa likes to sing. Oh Elsa! Would that I could! From PLGNA:

The Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood has a deep history of valuing racial, ethnic, and economic diversity and inclusion. From fighting redlining, block-busting, and other discriminatory practices in the 1970s to encouraging the development of a successful multi-racial and multi-income neighborhood today, the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association (PLGNA) and others in our community have long endeavored to make manifest the principles of diversity and inclusion. It is shameful that after these many years of progress we still witness acts (official and unofficial) across America that show hatred, bigotry, and an appalling lack of compassion. In the face particularly of the recent upswing in hate crimes, it is crucial that we vocally retain the welcoming nature of our community and continue to stand by our principles of diversity and inclusiveness. At this time more than ever our community stands as an example of the direction America should be headed. We therefore call for a public declaration by our local elected officials that Prospect Lefferts Gardens is a hate-free zone.

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