Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Foley Square. NYC. 6 PM. A day of OUTRAGE ! as the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the Trump administration’s travel ban, which blocks immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.
“The presidential order proclaiming the travel ban, which took effect in December after two broader iterations were blocked by lower courts, applies with varying degrees of severity to seven countries — five with Muslim majorities : Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria and Yemen — plus North Korea and Venezuela.”NY Times
The Soc/Commie/Prog/Lib/Facisti burst upon Foley Square. Muslims, the naive Left and Communist led unions fed the eager media with the usual agitprop that anything Republican and/or Trump is of the DEVIL.
Front Page Mag addresses their partisan lies: “We are all immigrants’ is a half-truth at best, and a banal historical fact that doesn’t distinguish between legal and illegal immigration, a bipartisan bad habit meant to distract voters from the failures of our indiscriminate immigration laws and policies.
Correcting these dysfunctions caused by our porous border is a separate issue from how we decide whom we should allow in through a legal process.”
“Hundreds (of ignorati ) gathered in Foley Square, in New York City, to protest the decision [… ] SCOTUS voted to uphold President Trump’s third travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries, writing that the president has the right to “suspend entry of aliens into the United States.“
OUTRAGE as the Workers Unite!
A few speakers acted surprised at how quickly this protest came together. Point of fact: this protest was On-Call, waiting for the Supreme court ruling.
Once the decision was in. The protest was ON.
Hundreds of the Hard Left gathered “in love, not hate”. The loving sign below translated, “Trump you are asshole”.
When it comes to the unions, they too opposed all things Trump.
“The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Trump’s racist Muslim Ban, so it is time to take to the streets. Please join us in Foley Square at 6PM to say #NoMuslimBanEver. It’s crucial that we (the unions) have a visible, strong presence across the country of people who care about Muslim and refugee communities and oppose Trump’s White Nationalist agenda.
Flickr slide show of both sides:
The First Lady, Melania Trump-meme was mocked by a couple of women.
A list of supporting and sponsoring groups:
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice [JFREJ]
International Refugee Assistance Project
Yemeni American Merchants Association -YAMA
Arab American Association of New York
The New York Immigration Coalition
New York Civil Liberties Union – NYCLU
Islamic Center at New York University
Saw ex- NYC Councilman, Robert Jackson, who at a previous NYC Muslim Day Parade, proclaimed Harlem to be the New Mecca. Jackson joined the crowd – unnoticed- except for his very BOLD t-shirt, “Many talk the talk, Robert Jackson walks, the walk.” Guess he’s still running for office.
Video: Linda Sarsour spoke, OF COURSE.
TEXT: Sarsour chants: “Whose Street. (crowd responds) Our Street.”
“Sisters and Brothers, I’m here today as a proud New Yorker and an unapologetic Muslim. (cheers) I don’t give a damn who’s sitting in the Supreme Court, I know that this country is open to ALL people and MUSLIMS were here before this country was called the United States of America. (cheers) I don’t give a damn what the Supreme Court says is legal, because they said slavery was legal; segregation was legal; the internment of Japanese-Americans was legal. Just because something is deemed legal does not make it moral or just. (huge cheers) This administration has made it a policy to separate black and brown families. Whether it be on our Southern border or through the illegal, unconstitutional Muslim-ban, they are breaking up the fabrics of our communities.
Just last night I was at La Guardia airport and I recorded CHILDREN, kidnapped in the night from Texas (who were BORN here) to be put in shelters and to potentially the foster care and never reunited with their families. (crowd JEERS) I don’t wanta know who you would have been at the time of Japanese internment, or at the time when we refused Jewish refugees, or at the time when we deported over two million Mexico (sic); when the border never crossed them. Right? The border never crossed them, we crossed their country.
Who would you have been at the time of the civil rights movement. I’m asking you, “Who are you right now?” (odd cheers) If it is not clear to you, it is VERY clear to me.
This administration has a White, Nationalist, Supremacist agenda and they are implementing point after point.
The Resistance has momentum. But the bottom line is that they are winning. And every day they keep their promises to their base, who oppose our values and principles and OUR intentions of democracy, and equality and diversity in these United States of America.[2:40]
So, I’m telling you today: Wake Up! WE ARE LIVING UNDER FASCISM. This is Fascism! (cheers)
I don’t believe that we will liberate our communities though the ballot-box. But, what I do believe is that we can stop the hemorrhaging 0n (sic) our communities. That we can stop the bleeding and create some checks and balances. So, I’m asking you to continue to show up and show public dissent, cause dissent is the HIGHEST form of patriotism. (huge cheers) Show up. Show up. Show up cause we are NOT tired and we will NEVER be tired; and continue to fight for justice for our beloved communities.
I also want you to take yourselves to the polls. (cheers) Sisters and Brothers, no more self-righteous (? apologies)[3:42] There are communities that are suffering because we can’t pass ONE BILL through this congress. Congress has an opportunity to act, and I’m telling you, there’s a lot of people on the roster.
Go to those polls. Put forth your principles and values and let’s show them what we’re made of. Because, it’s not that we need to win, we HAVE to win! We MUST win! People are counting on us every day. (cheers) [4:08]
You can always count. on. me. To stand with any community who demands justice. And I do not care about the consequences of what it means to stand up for justice, just like our ancestors before us, they didn’t care. They went to jail. They were spied on by the U.S. government. They were vilified in the media. But, all of that doesn’t matter because OUR communities are worth it. Our children are worth it. Our families are worth it. (cheers)
Stay loud. Stay consistent. They are counting on you getting tired. They’re (?) [4:57] on you saying this is how it is. We have no power.
Sisters and Brothers, we have power. They are afraid of our power and it’s time for you to SHOW that power. (cheers begin and carry on as she continues)Take yourself to the polls. Continue to build (faith?) [5:13] Support immigrant and black life organizations and let’s show this administration what we are made of. (HUGE cheers)” [5:20]
Anti-Violence Project (AVP) poster welcoming illegals.
Debbie Almontaser spoke. Debbie was the leader of what she claims was the largest Yemini -American bodega strike, and lest we forget, the infamous Intifada NYC T-Shirt made by the young women in a Yemini -Amer org)
As she spoke to the adoring crowd, Almontaser held her granddaughter Sophie, a second generation American.
In the video, I caught the end of her speech as she mentions her grand-daughter’s sticker, “Nobody is Illegal“. (21:26)
Almontaser TEXT: (she loves her sticker) “Even Sophie gets it. If the Supreme Court didn’t get it, Sophie got it and we all got it out here. We all got it out here. And so I thank you my sisters and brothers. Do not despair. Get ready. Get the pair of nicest comfortable shoes you have, because we are going to be out every day, every week, every month and every year until we get this administration out of office. (cheers) I am making one promise, and I know that the Yemini-American community will help in delivering this, we are going to register every Yemini-American member in the United States and in New York City to make sure that we get this President out. (big cheers) And so I wanta end with one special chant that my Yemini-American community loves. (to the crowd) Where are you Yemini-Americans, raise your voice. (cheers) Where are you? The one chant that they love most, and that is U.S.A. When I first heard it at the bodega strike, I was like,”What kind of chant is this?” And then, when they explained to me what it meant, they are RECLAIMING their land. Because they have worked, and they are part of the American fabric and each and every one of us is a part of the American fabric, and Trump will NOT dictate who this America is. Cause WE are. (cheers)
Letitia “Tish” James (NYC Public Advocate) has shown repeated disrespect for our country – and our laws- in speech after speech that I have witnessed and recorded.
Yet, she’s favored to be the next New York ATTORNEY GENERAL … with allegiances to her Working Families Party (aka Commies). Please. NO.
“Tish” tweeted later: [https://twitter.com/TishJames] “I need your help in the fight against Donald Trump and his attacks on the rights of all New Yorkers – will you join my historic campaign for Attorney General today and chip in with a small donation? Every $ counts bit.ly/2tvfUav”
Text Letitia’s speech: Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here. (crowd repeats) This ban will not make us any safer. This ban will only hurt us. This ban, unfortunately, will impact our standing globally. And so this decision was nothing more than a racist decision. A decision that, unfortunately, is gonna continue to promulgate and promote discrimination in our nation. This is NOT who we are! (cheers, applause and “whoos”) And so we want to say to all of you, that it’s critically important that we all understand that this was a result of the fact that they STOLE the Supreme Court seat. (crowd uproar) An illegitimate President and an illegitimate member of the Supreme Court, PERIOD. (crowd applause) And so it’s important that all of us, all of us be involved in the electoral process and that we take back our government, our country for those who believe that there are those who, unfortunately, want to separate us. It’s really critically important that we rise and we stand together and that we use our voices and that ALL of us come together and recognize that this is not America. And that this decision is inconsistent with our values and our principles AND with our constitution. So we gotta stand tall today and let the country know, the world know, that WE believe in a country where our borders are open. And that we welcome all individuals … (cheers,applause) and diversity is our strength and not a liability. (cheers, applause continues) And we wanta show the occupants, the residents at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue .… (crowd starts boos) BOO…. that Muslims aren’t the problem. What is the problem? HATE is the problem. And we want to send the message of love and compassion. And we want to send a message that this Do-Nothing Republican-led Congress, they need to get steel in their backs, they need to stand up and make sure we have an immigration policy in this country that welcomes all and that understands and appreciates our values. And so I say to you today, don’t give up, don’t be (sic) don’t get despair, don’t despair. We’ve gotta come together as we did today, as we stand together after this ban. [[and we’ve gotta show individuals that we will stand with Muslims, with immigrants, and we will stand with Americans to defend our values and our principles….. let’s continue to raise our voices. No Justice, No Peace (crowd repeats chant)
At the end of the Letitia clip, a Leftard Safety Patrol female attempted to control, aka censor, Univision 41 as they prepared to film the counter-protest.
She repeated (referring to the counter protestors) “ … they don’t represent us … we are asking that you focus over there.”
The Univision reporter stood his ground as he gestured to both groups and then … despite her “plea” … proceeded to interview the counter-protestors.
As I left crowd behind, I passed a public trash can already sporting the tossed meme of the day (AND some predictable reading material illuminating their intentions). Patriotism was NOT their meme …. of the day.
FYI- once again- another VERY long list of sponsors and participants.
African Communities Together
African Services Committee
Arab American Association of New York
Asian American Federation
Chinese Planning Council NYC
Chinese Progressive Association
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
DSI INTERNATIONAL INC
El Centro del Immigrante
Fast Food Justice
GAPIMNY—Empowering Queer & Trans Asian Pacific Islanders
Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
Immigrant Defense Project
Jewish Voice for Peace-NYC
Jews Against Anti-Muslim Racism (JAAMR)
Jews for Racial & Economic Justice
Make the Road NY
Middle Collegiate Church
Millennials For Revolution
MinKwon Center for Community Action
Muslim Community Network (MCN)
Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee
New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)
New York Day of Remembrance Committee
New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)
Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
NYS Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform
People For Bernie
The Black Instititute
The Gathering for Justice
The Islamic Center at NYU
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
The Workmen’s Circle
United Neighborhood Houses
United We Dream
Veterans For Peace – NYC Chapter 034
Working Families Party
Yemeni American Merchants Association -YAMA
For your extra curricular perusal: a LIVE FEED of the protest is here: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1BdxYopoAoBGX
Next, on June 30, they gathered in Foley – again – for a National Day 0f Action. Too much. All the same. I pass. I chose some timely reading instead by re-reading Mark Levin’s “Men in Black.”
(Pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall)