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05.15.2021

A Rally Against Polish-American Hate, Open Air Lesson on Freedom of Speech

The Consulate General of Poland in New York and the Polish-American community organizations will be organizing a public event in McCarren Park, Brooklyn in response to last week's vandalism of the Father Popieluszko Statue.
  • A Rally Against Polish-American Hate, Open Air Lesson on Freedom of Speech
  • When: Saturday May 15th
  • Location: McCarren Park, Fr. Popiełuszko Square
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Purpose: Response to last weeks desecration of Father Popieluszko (popyealuu- shko ) Statue in Greenpoint.

Father Popieluszko was a priest but his message goes well beyond the teachings of God. He was a freedom
fighter who through his homilies inspired the Polish nation to rise up against the communist totalitarian regime. He was called "The Priest of Solidarity " and worked closely with Lech Walesa and John Paul II to abolish communism in Poland and ultimately in Europe.

The Iron Wall collapsed in 1989 but Father Popieluszko didn't live to see that moment. He was murdered in 1984 by the communist police. He is considered a blessed martyr by the Catholic Church and he is one of the great symbols of the freedom fight of the Polish people and the "Solidarity" Movement that spearheaded the fight against communism in Europe.

Polish-Americans in Brooklyn dedicated a statue to his honor in 1990. 11,000 people came to the grand unveiling of the statue. Tragically, in the last 30 years the statue has been vandalized 5 times and at one point the priest's head was cut off. Las't weeks vandalism has caused a great outrage, anger and sadness in the Polish community in New York and all over the world as the wide media coverage of the vandalism was reported well beyond New York.

The Saturday May 15 event is created by the Polish-American leaders to heal the wounds and to bring peace and comfort to the community. We will focus on educating the community on who Father Popieluszko was and we want to give the politicians and community leaders a chance to show that they care about the Polish-American community in Brooklyn and that they stand with us against any hate crimes that happen in our borough.

The event's programing will be as follows:

  • 1 pm - Public speeches by community leaders, local politicians, The Consul General of The Republic of Poland in New York Adrian Kubicki and The Auxiliary Bishop of the Brooklyn Diocese Witold Mroziewski.
  • 1:30 pm - Press conference with the local and international media (CBS 2, News 12, Daily News, 1010 Wins, Polish Press Agency, TVP - Polish National television and 8 other Polish media outlets)
  • 2:00 pm - Open Air Lesson conducted by the teachers from the Polish Saturday Schools. The lesson will focus on the life and legacy of Father Jerzy Popieluszko,

Freedom of Speech, Solidarity and the fight against totalitarian communist regimes. The event will be attended by all Polish-American community leaders, organizations, children from Polish Schools, parents, teachers, scout's organizations, parishioner from all Polish and Italian churches in Greenpoint. It will be covered by the Polish Press
Agency and Polish National Television and most local media.

Here is some local media coverage about the devastation:

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