Myrtle Avenue Merchants Unite Against Hate

Wed, Jun 28th, 2017

“Hate Has No Business Here” campaign launches in 21 NYC business improvement districts

This new campaign will rollout at 21 business improvement districts across the city this week. With this simple message, the campaign aims to inspire a conversation to combat narratives that purport racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and misogyny, especially as they impact our city’s small business community.

The idea for a cohesive campaign originated with Amanda Neville, Myrtle Avenue business owner at TIPSY. “One of the business owners along Myrtle Avenue was targeted with hateful comments via social media immediately after the election,” explains Neville. “Many of us along Myrtle Avenue were trying to speak out against divisiveness and hate. I thought it would be powerful to come together with one message, one visual to signal that we stand together, for each other.”

“Our city’s small business community is incredibly diverse. We are not only embracing that diversity through this campaign, we are rejecting rhetoric that challenges how valuable it is,” says Meredith Phillips Almeida, Executive Director, Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership. “We timed the campaign to coincide with Independence Day because we believe that one of the most patriotic things you can do is love your neighbors.”

The group is also providing free digital logos and flyers to others who want to join their movement.

For the free downloads and a full list of participating BIDs, go to


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