Vigil held against hate crimes at UWS Unitarian Universalist church

UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- There was an act of peaceful resistance Friday night at a church in Manhattan with a long history of working for social justice.

A church that 10 days ago had swastikas carved into its front doors.

A diverse group came together at the Unitarian Universalist Church on the Upper West Side on Central Park West.

"I hope there's a new renewed sense that people aren't alone, that we're in this together. And my hope that there is real connections that are formed here that allow us to get together in the coming weeks and months to organize together," Rev. Schuyler Vogel said.

The reward money for information leading to an arrest and conviction of a hate crime is $20,000.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the increase up from $5,000 on Friday.

Eyewitness News Reporter CeFaan Kim has the story in the video player above.
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