Last week an act of hate took place at the Tulsi Mandir on 111th Street in Queens. Multiple perpetrators used sledgehammers to destroy a statue of Gandhi in front of the Mandir. They also spray-painted disgusting messages in front of the mandir and street.
Today COPCPs executive director Mohammad Khan, secretary Patrica, communications director Daniel, and volunteers Sayed, Mahfuz, Migdalia, and Redwan joined Mayor Eric Adams, Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, and many other elected officials, community leaders, and members of the Tulsi Mandir to reaffirm that hatred towards any religion will not be tolerated, not in Queens and not in New York City. This is not the first time we have taken a stance in front of the Mandir. Just two weeks ago, we attended a press conference condemning a separate act of hate.
It is essential that we set a positive example and teach the younger generation in our schools and communities. By promoting acceptance, inclusivity, and understanding of different cultures, we can create a safer future for everyone. It is only through coming together and standing united that we can maintain the safety of our communities for all.
Following the heinous attacks, COPCP volunteers have continually maintained a presence and extra set of eyes and ears around the Mandir. We will continue to safeguard our local houses of worship and community.