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Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock Joins Officials In Condemning Post-Election Bias Incidents

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- As President-elect Donald Trump continued to hold transition meetings in New Jersey, elected officials in New York had plans of their own.

Public Advocate Letitia James was in Jackson Heights -- holding a rally to lay out an agenda to 'protect progress.'

As 1010 WINS reported, the rally was in response to concerns expressed by New Yorkers that they could lose basic rights as a result of the election.

James laid out an agenda that addressed reproductive choice, public education, and more.

In Manhattan, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, and Rep. Yvette Clarke were to gather in front of Trump World Tower to address some of Trump's appointments.

Earlier in the day James, and other officials including State Senator Daniel Squadron, and City Councilmembers Stephen Levin and Brad Lander joined Beastie Boys member Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz at a rally to 'stand up against hate' at Adam Yauch Park -- named for MCA of the Beastie Boys -- in Brooklyn.

Last week swastikas and a message reading 'Go Trump' were discovered in the park.

"He was also someone that taught non-violence in his music and his life," Ad-Rock said.

Well over 100 people including families with young children stood together to denounce incidents of hate across the city and around the country, WCBS-880's Miles Miller reported.

Those in the crowd held signs that read 'racism is not welcome here' and 'yes we care,' 1010 WINS Roger Stern reported.

Ad-Rock slammed the act for celebrating Nazi Germany.

"Someone in New York City linking Nazi Germany to Donald Trump in a 'hell yeah' kind of way in a park where children play," he said.

Abby Davis used to be one of those children.

"Whoever drew this was terrible, and they just want to hurt people," she said.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said there have been 701 incidents of hate since election day.



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