- Posted June 14, 2014 by
New York, New York
ConnectNYC|Father's Day Pledge vs Violence
MBP Brewer welcomed the gathering to the steps of City Hall, followed by an Introduction by Quentin Walcott, Co-president with Rev Dr Sally MacNichol of ConnectNYC who have been combatting violence in all forms for over 25 years.
This afternoon's event was one of several anti-violence events around the city today, and the lead city for 55 similar events taking place around the nation and in Montreal and Toronto, Canada.
ConnectNYC was joined by the Commission of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, the Executive Director of the newest Family Justice Center (which now number four -- Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and now Manhattan).
An invited speaker was a Brooklyn-based Sheikh who made the brilliant comment that the Koran was a scripture of equality, and that messages to the contrary were misguided and perhaps even based on flawed translation by individuals with their own ideological agenda The Sheikh stressed that the Koran promotes the rights of women as much as it does those of men.
Donnell Penny spoke beautifully about the Man Box whose walls are made up of fears that drive young men to violence, a notion imbued in him by Quentin Walcott when he was transitioning from a troubled young man to a creative member of the community and becoming the father of a beautiful 9 year old son.
Go here for the Pledge to End Violence: