Transcript: Mayor de Blasio Delivers Remarks at the National Clergy Gun Violence Prevention Summit

Mayor de Blasio Delivers Remarks at the National Clergy Gun Violence Prevention Summit

Mayor Bill de Blasio: All right. We’re getting used to these new ways of gathering. Pastor Monrose, thank you, and I’m very moved to be here with all of you and to just be a part of a group of people who really care I’m making an impact. So, I want to talk about Pastor Monrose and the God Squad, but first, a thank you to everyone. By gathering – everyone who’s gathering here is taking a stand against gun violence. Everyone who is participating today is part of change and part of the solution. I just thank you because there’s an intentionality of even being a part of this conference that gives me hope, and a special thank you to Pastor [inaudible] for a really powerful opening prayer and Pastor Monrose, we have been shoulder to shoulder a long time. I want to thank you for your amazing leadership. I’ve seen it. I witnessed that. Probably a lot of people on this conference have seen you in action. I’ve had the honor of seeing you in action in the community, the incredible positive impact you make personally, and the whole God Squad makes. I have seen you out there and literally personally stopping violence and discord of putting yourself on the line with so many of your colleagues. It is sacred work and you have provided a powerful model of the role that clergy can play as leaders of peace, and obviously a powerful model of what the Cure Violence movement and the Crisis Management System means, and this is the future. I want to really make clear what you’ve seen here with the God Squad is the future of creating a more peaceful society and stopping gun violence.

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