Show your love for Sierra Leone!

8/31/2017, midnight
In the wake of the deadly mudslide in Sierra Leone this month, Assemblyman Charles Barron and Operation P.O.W.E.R. organized a ...
Fundraiser for victims in Sierra Leone Lem Peterkin photo

In the wake of the deadly mudslide in Sierra Leone this month, Assemblyman Charles Barron and Operation P.O.W.E.R. organized a community fundraiser in East New York Monday night, Aug. 28, 2017.

Proud of the effort, Barron told the Amsterdam News, “The benefit for the people of Sierra Leone was a tremendous success! The high turn-out and highly spirited crowd of supporters raised over $6,000. We truly showed our love for Sierra Leone. We are an African people!”

Barron noted, “While we take down racists Confederate statues (and we should), protest, mourn and support the tragic deaths in Barcelona, Spain and Charlottesville, Va. (and we should), how about showing some love and support for the African people of Sierra Leone.”

Barron said that on August 14, 2017, a devastating mudslide took the lives of more than 450 people in the West African country of Sierra Leone. According to authorities in Sierra Leone, more than 600 people are still missing and more than 3000 people have lost their homes.

“Remember, Sierra Leone was one of the nations that suffered the tragic loss of life during the ‘Ebola crisis’ in 2014 and 2015,” said Barron. “This recent disaster, the mudslide, authorities say caused more death and destruction than the ‘Ebola crisis.’ Yet, the world and the media have not reached the level of sustained focused attention that they have given to the Spain and Virginia tragedies. Is it because we are Africans (Sierra Leone) and the other tragedies occurred to Europeans (Spain and Virginia)? All life is precious and should be respected and protected equally!”

Councilwoman Inez Barron added that in the wake of all the devastation, “Far be it from me to just whine and complain. Let’s do something about it!”

The Barrons and Operation P.O.W.E.R., an East New York Brooklyn-based organization, put out a request for the community—Power Community Organizer Joy Simmons; East New York Male District Leader and Community Board 5 Community Organizer Keron Alleyne; Community Board 5 Chair and Man Up, Inc. founder Andre T. Mitchell; Viola Plummer, chair of the December 12th Movement; Dr. James Macintosh, co-chair of CEMOTEP; Minister Henry Muhammad-Muhammad, Mosque 7C; and Zainabu Sesay-Harrell of the Union of Sierra Leonean Organizations in New York—to join them for a benefit fundraiser titled “Show Your Love for Sierra Leone.”

The Barrons sent out a “special thanks to Reverend David Brawley pastor of the St. Paul Community Baptist Church for allowing us to use his church to address this urgent crisis.”

To donate online, please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.gofundme.com/sierra-leone-flood-relief-2017"www.gofundme.com/sierra-leone-flood-relief-2017. We are an African people! Show your love for the suffering people of Sierra Leone! Forward ever!

For more information, call 718 257 5824.