Brooklyn On Sunday, December 16, 2018, over 400 people filled the Bridge Multicultural Advocacy Project Center for its “Annual Unity In Action Holiday Event”, honoring the international and diplomatic communities of Haiti and, Israel.
Strong emotions and energy were visible and felt by all the guests, in attendance. This year’s event highlighted the unity and the close bond between the Haitian, Jewish and Muslim community whose leaders represent the largest concentration of Haitians, Jews, and Muslim in the metropolitan area. The Diplomats and Consul Generals of the three countries: Israel, Haiti, and Kosovo standing together in unity brought tears of joy to all attendees.
Consul General of Haiti, Gandy Thomas spoke eloquently of the history of the Haitian People and its rich cultural contribution to America. He shared, “I am so proud to be here tonight, in the presence of such magnificent crowd and to be able to express our common vision that we must all work together as one, to achieve unity among all people, of all race and faith.” Consul Thomas also expressed his strong admiration and recognized the contribution of Israel, during the most devasted earthquake in Haiti, for being one of the first respondents to provide support.
In a very emotional address, Deputy Consul General, Israel Nitzan expressed his thanks and gratitude to Mark Appel stating, “the work at the bridge unites all New Yorkers and is a great module for what is right. Through communication, friendship brings unity and an everlasting peace among people. Thank You, Mr. Appel, for creating this great organization.”
Closing off a remarkable and awesome evening was Mark Meyer Appel, the Founder of The Bridge Multicultural and Advocacy Project. In a fiery speech, he expressed his appreciation to the Honorees, Political Leaders, Unity in Action Team who had made the Special Trip with him in Israel, last summer and all the guests. Mr. Appel shared the success of The Bridge which over a decade has provided a venue in our City, where multicultural events for all diverse groups working collectively as one voice to break and eradicate racism and bigotry from our communities have taken place. Furthermore, he pointed out how The Bridge MCP has become a home and a central headquarters for all of New York diverse population.
According to Mr. Appel, the vision for the Bridge has and always will be to have a community space where leaders meet to collaborate ideas, with community-driven events for change with simple ideas that can be shared as a resource to our communities.
Mark Meyer Appel, the Founder of The Bridge reminded those in attendance of the current plight of our nation where cities have been torn apart with too many episodes of race wars, gang violence, anti-Semitism, anti-Christian, Islamic Phobia and how we as a group can continue to collaborate to make effective changes and bring unity to light. He proclaimed, “the flames of hate must be extinguished;” “we have worked hard as Americans to make our country a democracy and must continue to fight hard to preserve it.”
Mr. Appel hopes that the collaborative efforts of The Bridge Multicultural and Advocacy Project working as one voice in unity with all culture and faith could be duplicated all across America to bring tangible changes in communities.