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Interfaith Luncheon

June 30, 2021

Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray hosted an Interfaith Luncheon to discuss the importance of vaccinating the hardest hit communities impacted by COVID-19, how best to provide mental health resources to young people and the ways in which the city is taking action to combat violence amongst youth.

The Luncheon began with welcome remarks delivered by Commissioner Roberto Perez followed by invocations from Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Imam Souleymane Konate, and Sabita Geer. Remarks were provided by Dante de Blasio, Lauryn Donaldson, Julian Donaldson, First Lady Chirlane McCray, Dr. Torian Easterling, Gil Monrose, and Pastor Michael Walrond.

Program Participants

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • First Lady Chirlane McCray
  • Dante de Blasio
  • Roberto Perez, Commissioner, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit
  • Dr. Torian Easterling, First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President of The New York Board of Rabbis
  • Lauryn Donaldson, Youth Speaker
  • Julian Donaldson, Youth Speaker
  • Imam Souleymane Konate, Masjid Aqsa-Salam
  • Sabita Geer, Representative to the United Nations and Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University
  • Gil Monrose, Pastor of Mt. Zion Church of God 7 Day and 67 Precinct Clergy Council President
  • Pastor Michael Walrond, Pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church and Chair of the Mayors Clergy Advisory Council



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