Annual Barnstable Unity Day Seeks to Bring to Community Together

HYANNIS – The Town of Barnstable, together with the Barnstable Police Department, and community group “People of Action” will present the town’s third annual Unity Day this afternoon.

The event at the Hyannis Village Green is designed to bring the community and police department together for a free day of food, music, raffles, and children’s activities.

Unity Day is the brain child of brothers Andre and Jesse Barboza, from Hyannis, who first reached out to former Police Chief Paul MacDonald last year seeking to engage officers with the community that they serve.

The brothers were inspired to create the event after a number of conflicts between police personnel around the country and the public made national headlines.

Jesse Barboza formed “People of Action”, as a group of primarily young people who decided to come together and take action in making the community proud and address issues head-on to make a difference, and he says that Unity Day is a step in that direction.

“This is an opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate our differences,” said Jesse Barboza.

“We may not always see eye to eye, but we must learn to build trust and respect one another.”

The Barbozas say that it is important for both sides to have the occasion to gather peacefully together for a day of fun to show mutual appreciation.

Barnstable’s third annual Unity Day will be held on Friday, August 3rd at the Hyannis Village Green from 4-7 PM. The event is free and open to all who wish to attend. Food and entertainment will be provided, attendees are advised to bring their own blankets and chairs.

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