Following the George Floyd tragedy in Minneapolis and countless similar deaths, the City of Peekskill is standing in unity with the families impacted by these devastating events. On Saturday, June 6, the public is invited to join with local elected officials, police officers and members of the community for a peaceful, unifying support system rally from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Depew Park in Peekskill.
“These incidents have made the division of our nation more evident,” said Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey. “This isn’t simply a rally against hate, but a rally in favor of unity, which we need in order to move forward successfully. This rally is for all those who have lost their lives amidst hate – specifically those people of color. No life is without value, and we want to create a platform to reflect on that and encourage love over hate. It is important that we move forward and realize, unified, love is stronger than hate.”
Mayor Rainey continued, “Now is the time to remind our community, Peekskill especially, that we are ONE. We will set an example of how the rest of the world needs to move forward. We will stand together so this community will see and hopefully feel the power of love over hate, unity over war, peace over violence, and the future over the present.”
Numerous speakers will attend the rally including elected officials, police officers, youth, community members, and others who would like to share their views. There will be a balled fist demonstration at the end to signify the unified strength of the community.
“I believe that Peekskill, despite our differences, is one huge family,” said Mayor Rainey. “I also believe, as elected officials and activists, it’s our responsibility to hear the cries and pain, as well as ideas of the people. Everyone in our city – police and residents alike – can agree, this was wrong and we will not tolerate it.”
“Our diversity is one of the greatest elements of Peekskill,” said City Manager Andrew Stewart. “When unifying efforts take place, Peekskill stands tall and stands proud. If there is anywhere we can demonstrate unity for the people, it’s here.”
The rally will demonstrate solidarity against all hate crimes with a message that this is an opportunity for a new beginning, a new foundation of unity, equity and equality. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs, wear masks (unless health issues prevent) and practice social distancing.
“I’ve invested many years of my life in Peekskill, raised my family here and opened up a business here,” said Deputy Mayor Vivian McKenzie. “I’m proud to call Peekskill home. I’m proud to know we stand together on the issues, regardless of color, religion or political party. Peekskill will rise up as we always have and, together, we will set the tone for the future.”
Depew Park is located at 1 Robin Drive in Peekskill. The City of Peekskill can be reached at 914-737-3400 or by visiting www.cityofpeekskill.com.
About the City of Peekskill
The City of Peekskill is a thriving, historic community located on the banks of the Hudson River. Just under one hour north of New York City, Peekskill is culturally and economically vibrant with abundant natural resources due to its location on the river and at the gateway to the Hudson Highlands. The waterfront, with over three miles of continuous parkland, is a regional destination with a variety of active and passive recreation, as well as breathtaking views of the Hudson River. While Peekskill’s waterfront parks, walking trails and dog park remain open during the coronavirus pandemic, guidelines for social distancing are enforced. The downtown area features an array of dining establishments currently offering take out, curbside pickup or delivery. The City recently passed a local ordinance allowing for free 15 minute parking in front of restaurants exclusively for the pick up of food and beverages. Home to a growing arts community, Peekskill is also a hub for new-generation technology and multimedia. For more information, visit www.cityofpeekskill.com.
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