Suffolk County

Not In Our Town National Week of Action: Communities Stand Together Against Hate

by Catharine Debelle A hate crime is reported nearly every hour in this country. These attacks not only harm the victim but create a climate of fear that reverberates across entire communities. This month, communities across the country join in … Continued


Racism & Teenage Killers in America

It is impossible to measure the suffering of one against another. Comparing tragedies never helps make sense of them. The story of Abelino Mazariego, though, should be told, and it must be compared to others in order to prevent it … Continued


Indifference & Racism: Fertile Ground for Violence

While I was on vacation a terrible tragedy occurred in Chicago. A teenage boy, Derrion Albert, was beaten to death, caught in the middle of a brutal street fight. It happened just before Chicago was anticipating a win as the … Continued

Hate and Death: The Federation for American Immigration Reform Harvest in Suffolk County

When I first journeyed to Suffolk Country eight years ago to work with religious, civic, and immigrant rights groups facing growing anti-immigrant activity stoked by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, I was stunned to witness the depth of anger … Continued

Who Has Blood on Their Hands in Anti-Immigrant Murder?

It’s been a little over a week since a group of youth in Suffolk County took the life of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero, stabbing him to death in what law enforcement officers frighteningly defined as “a hunt to beat up … Continued

Suffolk County Murder of Latino Man Deemed a Hate Crime

A man named Marcello was walking with a friend on Saturday night in Patchogue, Long Island. As they walked a car pulled up and seven young men got out and surrounded them. The teenagers, all 16 and 17 years old, … Continued