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Van Bramer blasts white supremacist posters in area
BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELLDOMENECH
In bold black font, the fl ier posted
on a Long Island City streetlamp read,
“A notice to all citizens of the United
States of America: It is your civic duty
to report any and all illegal aliens to U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Th ey have broken the law.” In smaller
font at the bottom, the fl yer urges people
to call 1-866-DHS-2ICE.
But the sign was not an actual product
of the government, but the work
of a white supremacist group known as
Vanguard America. By law, no one is permitted
to post fl iers and other signage on
lampposts and other city property.
In a video posted on Twitter on Oct. 7,
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer ripped
down the fl ier from the side of a traffi
c light control box at the intersection
of 35th Street and Skillman Avenue. Th e
fl ier appeared to have been freshly posted.
Saw this trash on #SkillmanAvenue
during my a.m. run. Tore them up. We
are a #SanctuaryCity & we need to be a
sanctuary neighborhood. All Immigrants
are welcome here. If you see these, feel
free to take them down. Be a sanctuary
neighbor. #QueensValues must trump
— Jimmy Van Bramer (@
JimmyVanBramer) October 7, 2018
Vanguard America has admitted to creating
the signs but did not know who
was responsible for putting them up in
Sunnyside, according to Van Bramer.
“White supremacist propaganda that
encourages the racial profi ling and harassment
of immigrant families is against our
Queens values and will not be tolerated
in Sunnyside,” Van Bramer said during
an Oct. 9 press conference. “I stand with
immigrant leaders in New York City and
across our country against hate and all
racist white supremacist groups that feel
emboldened by President Trump’s inhumane
Identical fl yers were found in by
Washington State University students in
February which was reported on by Th e
Spokesman-Review. Stylistically similar
anti-Muslim signs were also located at
the University of Texas around the same
time, according to KXAN.
According to the Southern Poverty
Law Center (SPLC), a civil rights advocacy
group, hate groups are the rise in
the United States. In 2017, the nonprofit
found 954 hate groups in the country,
37 more than what they found in 2016.
SPLC has even mapped out locations
of hate groups across the United States
to demonstrate their prevalence. On the
interactive map there is a cluster of dots
in New York.
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