Hate Free Zone Holds First Meeting

Maria Jaime, above, board president of the Hudson Valley Community Coalition, speaks during the first meeting of the Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone on Jan. 14. Jaime came to the U.S. from Mexico at age 2 and said she fears the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

More than 200 people gathered at St. Luke’s Church in Beacon to support the group, which organizers say was modeled after one formed in Queens “in response to an increasingly hostile climate for immigrants, people of color, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ people, women and workers.” For more information, visit hatefreezones.org. Below is Dominique Suddith, a member of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson and a leader of the Hate Free Zone.

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