It’s been one year since Ecuadoran immigrant and Bushwick resident Jose Sucuzhañay was beaten to death near Bushwick Avenue. During the brutal incident, his attackers yelled anti-immigrant and homophobic slurs, provoking an outcry in the neighborhood against such hate crimes.
On Saturday, Dec. 12 numerous community groups will gather at Make the Road NY, 301 Grove St. (near Myrtle and Knickerbocker) to hold a forum between family members, community leaders, and Bushwick residents. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and those expected to be present include Councilwoman Diana Reyna, the Sucuzhañay family, James García, director of the film Taught to Hate, Latinoamericanos Unidos, International Ecuadorian Alliance, and various LGBT community organizations.
According to a Make the Road press release, the forum "aims to foster community healing and remembering of the family members, friends and community members who have suffered the consequences of hate and hate-related violence. Also, community members will discuss political solutions to the growing problem of violence victimizing the LGBT/ Latino/ Immigrant communities."