Tension on Long Island: One Community’s Response to Xenophobia in the Midst of Toxic National Dialogue

Long Island, New York found itself again at the center of national attention a few weeks ago as presidential candidate Donald Trump made plans to attend a Republican fundraiser in the village of Patchogue, in western Suffolk County. There’s a general accord on Long Island, albeit a tenuous one, between citizens and newcomers. In Patchogue, that accord disintegrated violently one evening in 2008 when Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorean immigrant, was fatally stabbed by a gang of seven teenagers who confessed to making sport of committing violence against the Latino community […] Continue Reading…