The Rev. Patricia Ackerman has pulled plans to hold a second â€œHealing the Moment: Reclaiming our Youthâ€ rally on June 7.
Terri Kayden, who handled public relations for the first â€œHealing the Momentâ€ rally on April 27, said the event would not be held that day and has not been rescheduled. â€œAs far as I know, itâ€™s just on hold,â€ Kayden said.
Ackerman had pledged to hold the rally on June 7 at Memorial Park in Nyack, even though village officials said she could not use the park because two other events were being held there that day.
The first â€œHealing the Momentâ€ at Memorial Park sparked controversy because Ackerman did not seek permission from the village before organizing and advertising for the event. Also, some organizations were listed as sponsors without their permission.
The rally was organized in response to a street brawl April 16 that involved 40 to 50 young people, some of whom had bats, hammers and knives. Ackerman, an ordained Episcopal priest and peace-and-justice activist, said at the time that Nyack Mayor Shields had verbally agreed to let her use the park.
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