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District 45

Farah N. Louis

Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Marine Park, Flatlands, Kensington

Happy Thanksgiving

In this season of gratitude and generosity, I am thankful for the extraordinary experiences we have shared over the past several months as family, friends, neighbors, and New Yorkers.

During an unprecedented pandemic, we rallied behind our frontline and essential workers who propelled this city forward. Residents and small business owners came together to offer a helping hand during such difficult times.  

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Honoring All Who Served

We owe a debt of gratitude to our former servicemembers and their families who made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms. Without their contributions, the American Dream and spirit would cease to exist.  Despite fulfilling their commitments in the U.S. or abroad, many veterans continue to serve our community – particularly during this pandemic. They are our first responders, nurses and doctors, small business owners, educators, sanitation and transpoortation workers.

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We Will Never Forget

Nineteen years later, we remember…

The attacks that forever altered our lives, but not who we are as New Yorkers —resilient and united in the face of tragedy. 

The acts of heroism that inspired hope despite the tremendous loss that we shared.

We honor the memories of the loved ones that we lost on this day, in the weeks, months, and years that followed the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

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Eid Mubarak

Our faith is what empowers us to trust and make sacrifices that would be considered impossible by the majority of us.

Ibrahim (Abraham) was a prophet whose obedience was tested by God when he was commanded to sacrifice his firstborn son. As he laid his son on the altar, God provided an animal in his stead. Ibrahim’s story continues to inspire generations.

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At sundown, the Jewish community will observe Tisha B’Av, or a day of mourning. This somber occasion commemorates the destruction of the First and Second temples in Jerusalem, and the succession of tragic events that occurred on this day.

During this period of reflection and repentance, observers will contemplate the individual and national impediments that have prolonged their exile, while renewing their personal commitment to love one another unconditionally.

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Happy Father’s Day

Life is full of special moments that remind us of how truly blessed we are to be surrounded by love.

Today, we celebrate the dads in our lives who support us in all that we do while honoring those we lost in our lifetime. 

Thank you for being our role models and making tremendous sacrifices to ensure that we become the best version of ourselves. 

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With our nation engulfed in anti-police brutality protests, there are parallels that can be drawn between the U.S. and Caribbean Diaspora – the journey towards freedom, equality, and justice. 

Today, we stand united regardless of race, religion, and faith to forge a progressive and inclusive path that will eradicate the systemic racism and prejudice that has sown discord in our community. 

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Happy Shavuot

In an ever-changing world, unshakeable faith is often the only constant in our lives. Tonight, the Jewish community will celebrate Shavuot to commemorate when the Torah was given to Moses by G-d atop Mount Sinai. Centuries later, the laws and teachings found in the Torah remain fundamental to Jewish life and culture.  Wishing all who will observe this joyous occasion a chag sameach. 

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This Memorial Day, I am holding all the lives lost to combat close to my heart. I am reflecting on their sacrifices that provide the security that allow us to enjoy life. I am thinking of their families and loved ones left behind and pray that they may know peace in the face of loss. Dedicating one’s life to one’s country is immeasurably brave and beautiful.

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Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak to all of my Muslim brothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends! May Allah bless you and your families with safe, joyful celebrations as you break fast and enjoy one another. Ramadan is a time to give oneself to God and others— through fasting, avoiding malice and anger, forgiveness, and giving to charitable causes. We can all learn a great deal from Ramadan’s lessons of patience and mercy.

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