Mayor Myrick to Join “Building Unity: Cleaning the Hate” Event

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick will join this year’s “Building Unity: Cleaning the Hate” neighborhood clean-up organized by the Ithaca Coalition for Unity and Cooperation in the Middle East (ICUCME, pronounced “I-see-you, see-me”). This year’s clean-up will focus on Wood Street Park and will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 pm. Wood Street Park is on Wood Street between S. Meadow and Fair Streets and includes Ithaca Skatepark.

“Cleaning up your community does more than just show you love this place,” said Mayor Myrick. “It shows you love your neighbor. We need those demonstrations now more than ever — we need to do more than we ever have.”

The Wood Street Park cleanup is ICUCME’s third annual “Building Unity: Cleaning the Hate” event. The evening will feature remarks by Mayor Myrick, a clean-up of trash in Wood Street Park and the surrounding area, a vegetarian pot-luck, and a community conversation about what “cleaning the hate” means to each of us. The event is free, and all are welcome.

“Cleaning the Hate” events are now held around the world. The concept originated with a joint Palestinian-Israeli peace organization and has now been widely adopted by groups such as ICUCME.

“With hate crimes multiplying across the country — and the world — we invite everyone to join us at Wood Street Park for our ‘Building Unity: Cleaning the Hate’ event,” said Linda Glaser, chair of the ICUCME board.