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We stand against hate

To the Editor,
We stand together with LaQuan and Jennifer Madison and their family against hate, in support of the family, in support of interfaith understanding and cooperation and a peaceful community.

We join together in support of the Madison family in the wake of the arson which destroyed their garage and the hateful words and images which defaced it.  All religious communities and ethnic groups in our Capital District stand together against hate.  We know that it does not represent the soul and spirit of the Schodack community.

All of us, as people of faith, stand in solidarity to say we do not tolerate hateful behavior and commit ourselves to doing all we can to help this family as they restore their home and normalcy to their lives in the community they love.  We are grateful to the Schodack police, who, with assistance from the New York State Police and the FBI responded promptly and arrested the alleged perpetrator.

We join with the NAACP in assuring LaQuan and Jennifer Madison and their children that they are not alone; that our wonderfully diverse country, filled with people of all races, religions and ethnic groups, stands with them in the face of hatred.  We, the leaders of religious communities, state our unequivocal unity in opposition to hate speech and action in all forms.

The Madison family has agreed to receive donations through the New Horizons Christian Church, whose minister Pastor David Traynham is also President of the NAACP.   He said that each donation will be tax deductible and at the end of the year a donor’s contribution receipt will be sent. Donations with the note “Madison Family” can be sent to New Horizons Christian Church 146 Catherine St, Albany, NY 12202 or send an e-mail to Pastor Traynham at

Signed by:
Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY

Capital Area Council of Churches, Deb Riitano, Executive Director

Ecumenical Commission of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, Rev. James Kane

Albany Chapter NAACP, Pastor David Traynham, President

The Albany African American Clergy United For Empowerment

Schenectady County Human Rights Commission, Angelica Morris, Director

Troy Area United Ministries, Rev. Donna Elia, Executive Director

Capital District Board of Rabbis

Rabbi Debora Gordon, Berith Sholom. Synagogue, Troy

Nassau Synagogue

Capital Region Chabad Centers

Dr. Paul Uppal, Sikh Temple of Niskayuna

Dr. Maninder S Gujral, President, Sikh Association of Capital District

Imam Djafer Sebkahaoui, Dr. Khalid Bhatti and the Muslim Community of Troy and Latham

Veysel Ucan, Turkish Cultural Center, Albany

Hindu Temple Society, Albany

Baha’I community of Berne

Schenectady Clergy against Hate, Rabbi Matt Cutler, Imam Genghis Khan, Father Robert

Longobucco, Rev. Horace Sanders

Albany County Interfaith Coalition

Interfaith Community of Schenectady, Audrey Hughes, Vice-President

Sidney and Beatrice Albert Interfaith Lectureship

The Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series on Race and Nonviolent Social Change

Anti-Defamation League New York


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