**MEDIA ADVISORY** AUGUST 22, 2014
Contact: John Blasco [CM Mendez], 212-677-1077, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Spokony [CM Chin], 212-788-7259, email@example.com
COUNCIL MEMBERS ROSIE MENDEZ AND MARGARET CHIN JOIN THE
NYC ANTI-VIOLENCE PROJECT TO COMBAT HATE CRIMES AGAINST LGBTQ NEW YORKERS
WHAT: Community outreach to address a recent anti-gay attack on the Lower East Side
WHEN: Monday, August 25, 6pm – 7:30pm
WHERE: Corner of Delancey and Essex Streets
WHO: New York City Anti-Violence Project staff members and Council Members Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez
WHY: On Friday, August 1, an anti-gay attack occurred near the corner of Essex and Delancey Streets. According to the NYPD, the perpetrator, a 32-year-old man, began shouting anti-gay slurs at another man at that location. Hearing the insults, a 29-year-old woman attempted to intervene. When she approached to confront him, the perpetrator slashed the woman across the left side of her face, according to police. The attacker was arrested and charged with both felony assault as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon.
Hate violence targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning New Yorkers is not and will not be tolerated on the Lower East Side or anywhere in New York City.
In response to that August 1 incident, Council Member Margaret Chin of District 1 and Council Member Rosie Mendez of District 2 will join the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) for this community outreach event to hand out literature and inform New Yorkers of resources they can access if they experience or observe hate violence.