Human Rights Campaign to Participate in Sunday Vigil for Jose Sucuzhanay, Victim of Brutal Hate Crim

by HRC Staff

Attackers yelled anti-gay and anti-Hispanic slurs as they beat Sucuzhanay and brother Romel Vigil was organized by the New York City Anti-Violence Project, other groups.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign will participate in a vigil being held by New York City community organizers for Jose Sucuzhanay, who died following a brutal hate crime. Jose and his brother, Romel, were walking together in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn on Sunday, November 30th when they were viciously attacked by a group hurling anti-gay and anti-Hispanic slurs. The vigil will be held on Sunday, December 14th at Make the Road New York's Children's Grove Park. Participants will then march to the corner where the attack occurred, and a press conference will be held there. New York City Anti-Violence Project is the lead organization for Sunday's events.

The vigil, march, and press conference is being organized by organizations from across New York City, including Make the Road NY, New York City Anti-Violence Project, Audre Lorde Project, United States Department of Justice Community Relations, Generation Q, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, GLOBE (a group to empower the Bushwick LGBT community), Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), The National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York Immigration Coalition, Sunset Park Alliance of Neighbors We are all Brooklyn, YKASEC, and elected officials, including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, will attend.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sucuzhanay family during this tragedy," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "The attack on Jose Sucuzhanay was an act of senseless violence that, sadly, takes place all too often in this nation. HRC stands in solidarity with the groups that have put together Sunday's vigil, march, and press conference, particularly the New York City Anti-Violence Project. We are pleased to lend our support to all the groups' heroic efforts on behalf of vulnerable communities in New York City and across America."

"I encourage all who care about equality and who dream of a nation free from hate violence to participate in Sunday's events," continued Solmonese.

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