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NO BAN, NO WALL, NEW YORK IS FOR ALL
SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT CLEAR, REFUGEES ARE WELCOME HERE
DON’T GIVE IN TO RACIST FEAR, IMMIGRANTS ARE WELCOME HERE
These words were chanted frequently the evening of January 25th at a rally organized by CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) in Washington Square Park in NYC and attended by many thousands. This was a response to Trump’s executive orders that called for a wall to keep out Mexicans, closing our doors to Syrian refugees, and a suspension of visitors from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan & Somilia. People spoke from many organizations, all expressing outrage. One said his family was on a ship filled with Jews escaping Hitler and they were not allowed to enter the US. The ship went from port-to-port never being allowed in anywhere. It had to return to Germany where many perished.
Several speakers were part of the NYC government. They all urged resistance and said that they would not allow anything to happen to the population here. NYC has been declared a “Sanctuary City” meaning that they will not allow families to be torn apart or children to be left without parents. City personnel will not arrest or detain residents for Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). The only thing the federal government can do is retaliate by withholding federal funds from the city.
It was a beautiful clear, balmy winter night. The park was filled to capacity with a very mixed group of people. The podium was placed under the iconic arch and the voices of the speakers sometimes echoed. The speeches were both emphatic and militant. Immigrants are on the firing line in this administration. At one point everyone raised their arm and made a pledge to support their foreign born friends and neighbors. It is hoped that some went home feeling less alone, less vulnerable.
On his Facebook page Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect wrote,
“As President Trump prepares orders to wall out Mexicans and shut out refugees from America, today marks one of the most hateful days in our nation’s history, Donald Trump is retracting the promise of freedom to an extent we have not seen from a president since Franklin Roosevelt forced Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II. Today the Statue of Liberty weeps over President Trump’s discrimination.”
Photos © by Bud Korotzer, Report by Chippy Dee
Finally some Judicial Justice
Total madness going on here. Thousands are demonstrating at airports all over the country and people who were cleared to come into the US are being put on planes to go back to where they came from. And the vicious moron says it is working “nicely”. A judge in Brooklyn just signed an order to stop the deportations. Demo tomorrow @ Battery Park, where it should be freezing by the water, and then a march to border control offices at the new WTC. Everyone’s adrenaline is pumping non-stop.
(Click on link to see NYT Report)