PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Westchester resident Donald J. Trump will be taking over as the nation’s 45th president on Friday and there will be a group of Port Chester folks who will neither be celebrating the inauguration nor condemning it.
Law enforcement has been battening down the hatches in Washington D.C. in preparation for large-scale protests aimed at expressing disapproval of the new leader of the free world. But the focus of the Port Chester event will be what brings people together, and not what divides them, says village resident Joan Grangenois-Thomas.
Participants will be gathering to offer each other “comfort,” “fellowship” and a safe place to discuss issues relevant to a new administration no matter what side of the political aisle they happen to fall on, she said, adding: “Everyone is welcome.”
(Grangenois-Thomas, a spokeswoman for the ad hoc group Sustainable Port Chester Alliance, is an unpaid community correspondent for the Daily Voice.)
Sponsored by Coexist: A Community Gathering for Unity and Hope, the potluck supper will be held from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 19 Smith St., Port Chester.
The event begins with a brief candlelight service in the church sanctuary and will be followed by two or three speakers. The free fellowship meal will be in the community room.
Participants are asked to bring a dish of their “native origin” --or something they simply enjoy eating -- to share. (Dishes should be in disposable containers.)
The “no-budget” event is free, but there will be a donation jar on hand. Donations will be divided at the end of the evening between the Port Chester/Rye NAACP and the Westchester Martin Luther King Jr. Institute for Nonviolence in White Plains.
The gathering is about unity and not “resistance,” Grangenois-Thomas said.
“There will be issues, such as health care, that cross boundaries; things that we all care about.”
“It’s not about what divides us, but what brings us together,” she added.