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Archbishop Elpidophoros Marches with Peaceful Protestors in Brooklyn

BROOKYLN – His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America joined peaceful protests in Brooklyn Wednesday afternoon. The protests were in the memory of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, two African-Americans who died at the hands of excessive police force. Brooklyn is one of many places across the United States with well-attended events marking a broad call for justice of these two deaths and others, while also seeking an overhaul of the justice system.

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America released the following statement regarding His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros' march with the peaceful protestors: 

Archbishop Elpidophoros Marches in Brooklyn

New York, NY – At the invitation of the Borough President of Brooklyn, Eric Leroy Adams, and State Senator Andrew Gounardes (New York’s 22nd State Senate District), His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros attended a peaceful protest and march today in Crown Heights, Brooklyn over the killing of Louisville EMT Breonna Taylor. (Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was killed when the police raided her apartment in Louisville, KY in March.)

Borough President Adams said of the presence of the Archbishop:

“I am so happy and proud to be marching with the Archbishop. It’s important that he has taken the time to acknowledge how significant this issue is.”

Senator Gounardes also commented on today’s march:

“I'm incredibly proud to march alongside His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros and our Brooklyn Borough President in the pursuit of greater justice for those who are no longer here to speak for themselves.”

In remarks following the march, Archbishop Elpidophoros stressed:

“I came here to Brooklyn today in order to stand in solidarity with my fellow sisters and brothers whose rights have been sorely abused. This was a peaceful protest, one without violence of any kind, and I thank all of those involved, because violence begets only more violence. We must speak and speak loudly against the injustice in our country. It is our moral duty and obligation to uphold the sanctity of every human being. We have faced a pandemic of grave physical illness, but the spiritual illness in our land runs even deeper and must be healed by actions as well as words. And so, I will continue to stand in the breach together with all those who are committed to preserving peace, justice, and equality for every citizen of goodwill, regardless of their race, religion, gender or ethnic origin.”

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