Alan van Capelle responds to Trump's Threat Against Sanctuary Cities
Alan van Capelle, President & CEO of Educational Alliance, Denounces President Trump’s Attack on New York City, Doubles Down on “We the People” Initiative
Trump’s recent Executive Order against sanctuary cities like NYC has detrimental implications for many families in Lower Manhattan
Lower East Side, NYC – Days after the official launch of Educational Alliance’s “We the People” initiative denouncing hate and promoting inclusivity in NYC, President & CEO Alan van Capelle says that Trump’s latest Executive Order on sanctuary cities is a direct attack on the values of the 128-year-old New York institution and the values of New Yorkers across the city.
Alan van Capelle said, “We cannot allow bullies, no matter their position, to undermine the decades of work and progress by our community and local police. Trump’s insistence that NYPD officers become immigration officers makes New York less safe. We all need to work together – to have each other’s backs when it comes to keeping our neighborhoods secure. We are proud of the progress we’ve made and steps we’ve taken to improve police relations with the residents of our neighborhood. I stand by Mayor De Blasio’s decision to sue the feds if this administration withholds federal funding from New York.”
Educational Alliance (EA), a community based organization serving more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually, recently launched the “We the People” initiative with a mural unveiling and signing at their Manny Cantor Center, bring together downtown New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds – Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ+, immigrants, and more - reflecting both the diversity of the Lower East Side and a cross-section of many of the groups targeted by a rise in hate crimes following the 2016 presidential election. The mural, still available for the public to sign at Manny Cantor Center, displays the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence in five languages. The initiative continues with de-escalation and antiviolence workshops, community forums, community outreach efforts to make local businesses partners in keeping the neighborhood a safe space, and a “Know Your Rights” forum in partnership with NYC's Mayor's Office on Immigration Affairs.
About Educational Alliance
Educational Alliance (www.edalliance.org) is a vibrant, dynamic, non-profit community organization that has served New Yorkers from all walks of life for the last 128 years. We believe that everyone should have a chance to live a better life and that arts & culture, education, health & wellness, and social services help to lay the foundation for a brighter future. We’re a living laboratory, piloting and investigating ways to solve problems, create a better society, and advocate for the vulnerable.