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IFTAR in the Streets, Linda Sarsour & NYPD to New JDL-NY: “You make a sound, you will be removed”

“You make a sound and we will remove you from the park”, NYPD Community Affairs liaison to New JDL-NY. ** scroll down for more on that outrageous muzzling**

IFTAR 2018 in-the-Streets.  6:30 pm Foley Square.

We’re standing in solidarity with communities across the country hosting #iftarinthestreets! Muslims and allies will gather and break fast in support for immigrant communities who are under attack … outside ICE headquarters, at Foley Square …  #iftarinthestreets for Immigrant Justice!” [Face Book]

Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset to please Allah, is considered their holiest month. Many non-Muslims are often invited to fast and even pray with their Muslim friends and also to share the IFTAR dinner.

Ramadan. Iftar. A dawah opportunity on the Road to One World Under Islam, the Umma.

Non-Muslims, like the Leftist Jews from JFREJ (Jews For Racial and Economic Justice) and JVP (Jewish Voice For Peace) were “free to participate in Ramadan” and that’s just what they were doing in Foley Square. Proudly.

This representative from JFREJ, decided to ask questions of the New JDL-NY.

… looking for “Common Ground” …

The New JDL-NY listened politely, but gave no quarter to the ignorance of these misguided leftist Jews, to the JFREJ and JVP who were dedicated to showing the world how to live in peace with their Muslim Sisters and Brothers.

These do-gooder non-Muslims encourage others “…. to be polite to someone who is fasting for Ramadan … greet them with Ramadan Mubarak or Ramadan Kareem, which means ‘Have a Blessed or Generous Ramadan’.” [Huff Po]

BUT, is this special time of year really genuinely welcoming the kafir?

Geller Report and Jihad Watch:

“Ramadan is quintessentially the month of jihad …. a month of holy war and death for Allah, a month for fighting the enemies of Allah and God’s messenger, the Jews and their American facilitators.

In contrast, President Trump issued (sadly) a statement claiming that “Ramadan reminds us of the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life.”

So which is it? Does Ramadan remind us of  “the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life,” or is Ramadan “a month of calamity everywhere for nonbelievers”?

Saw Raja Abdulhaq [Abulhaq is an active member of Al-Awda, a radical anti-Israel website that rallies for the “Right of Return,” otherwise known as the “One State Solution“].  City Councilman Brad Lander and Linda Sarsour, darling of CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood, and MpowerChange. Peaceful?

… it would be dangerous, suicidal folly for Infidels to pretend that Ramadan is not the month of jihad …. as our Ramadan willful blindness continues, more Infidels will die. (LINK BELGIUM]

Flickr Slide show

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** The NYPD Community Affairs officer was apparently in the pocket of the IFTAR organizers. In the name of “peace”, and at the behest of the IFTAR event, he denied Freedom of Speech to the JDL protestors.


His reasoning? The “Iftarists” had the sound permit [which only means the opposition – JDL- cannot be amplified, NOT that they can not be heard.]

But, today he created a new rule. Just for the JDL. The Community Affairs Officer warned the New JDL protestors not to make a sound while Sarsour was speaking (on mic) OR they would be removed from this public park.

See video of Sarsour, a supposed champion of women’s rights, as she inspired those present with her fiery Ramadan thoughts. (Ramadan is her FAVORITE time of year- Jihad anyone?)

Sarsour quotes: “This is the Blessed month of Ramadan, some of our friends have fasted in solidarity with us,  a lot of our Christian and Jewish friends …. we got allies and friends and solidarity…. times we’ve shared in the movement.  I wanta give a shout out to our friends at FRJEJ. Before it was COOL to stand with the Muslims, these Jewish groups were standing with the Muslims .We are so great ful for you … and we will show up for you any time that you need us. We are all in this together. We are going to FIGHT this together. Because the opposition doesn’t like any of you here. They don’t like women, they don’t like Muslims, they don’t like Jews, they don’t like immigrants, they don’t like refugees, they don’t like black people, they don’t like LGBTQ people. We’re all in the same boat  together. If our opposition is treating us like we’re part of one movement … we gotta start acting like ONE movement. We thank you for your continued solidarity on the issues … impacting Muslims and ALL marginalized communities in these United States of America.”(cheers/applause)

As for the muzzling of the NEW JDL-NY, such actions are never imposed on the Muslim/Leftist protestors.

See more in video and follow link to the Pamela Geller CUNY protest opposing Sarsour as the Key Note Speaker for CUNY’s 2017 grads on May 25, 2017:

Something was very rotten in the City of New York that day (and every day really). Respectful silence was not on the agenda. The NOISE makers persisted, unabated, overwhelming the amplified sound. The NYPD just watched allowing the Leftards to create a hell of a NOISE.

… there’s no free speech to the right. Only the left. The only controversial speech the left believes in protecting is its own speech. [DGreenfield]

Sadly, the Tommy Robinson arrest in the UK  is a far more ominous example of free speech rights lost but this day in Foley Sq. was not a sign of progress. Anything but. We have been warned.

Video JDL and chants and responses in Foley Square BEFORE they were muzzled.

Found a couple of twitter posts from the IFTAR-ists mocking the JDL counter protest:

As people gather for the community building protestors with signs reading “Keep Sharia Out” and “Thank you ICE” and “Back The Ban” have show up to instigate those here. [twitter]

Some not-so-friendly folks arrived at our but we’re going to continue to celebrate with love and solidarity in [twitter]

The New JDL NY responded to complaints from the anti-Zionists, “.. guess, holding an American flag, thanking law enforcement and wanting to keep Sharia out is unfriendly.

 The end of Ramadan 2018 (on June 14) is called Eid ul-Fitr (Festival of the Breaking of the Fast), a 3 day festival. Three Days! Wow. So much to look forward to.

                            [Pictures and videos Property of Pamela Hall]

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“Working” Peoples ‘Day of Action’ – #UnRigtheSystem

Saturday, February 24, 2018, a Working People’s Day of Action.

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End the Workers Struggle against Government and Corporate Greed.

Scheduled for 11 am, I arrived. Foley Square. approximately 10:45.

The SEIU and associated unions had PACKED the square with workers, cheering and jeering, as they held union banners and flags high above the crowd.

The dutiful union tools stood for hours as they watched a jumbotron, placed over the stage, while the amplification carried for blocks.

The ubiquitous SOCIALIST/ COMMIES screamed at the workers to never forget they are VICTIMS of corporate GREED.

From the Left: It takes a UNION to make things right.

When we unite, we can do almost anything. Join with us as we protect our freedoms and fight back against the corporate CEOs and politicians who have rigged the system and our economy against us.”  #UnrigtheSystem  #ItsAboutFreedom

Fight for the freedom to come together in strong unions.
Fight for equitable pay.
Fight for affordable health care.
Fight for quality schools.
Fight for vibrant communities.
Fight for a secure future for all of us.

From the Right: Public-sector unions are just RACKETEERING outfits [NY Post]

This is how a public-sector union works:
1. The State creates a monopoly.
2. The monopoly forces taxpayers to fund those workers, whether they do a good job or not.
3. The union then coerces workers to pay dues regardless of whether or not they want to.
4. Then the union uses those dues to help fund political advocacy that perpetuates their monopoly and the union’s influence.
In other words: racketeering. [NY Post]

But, the LEFT insists: “In the face of mammoth corporations and their puppet politicians […] the Right is on the wrong side of this issue.”

From the Right, a voice of reason at the “Workers Day” Facebook page: David Fisher : I hope y’all will thank Trump for the lowering of your taxes and in many instances your bonuses and wage increases .. (and)..  to tell those 300 union offices to quit embezzling from union members.

FACT: There are few BULLIES bigger than the UNION BOSS in everyday American life.”[NY Post]

From the Right [National Review) – on forced membership –

It’s estimated that at least 5.5 million government workers in 22 states are forced to pay money to unions just to keep their jobs. […] forcing people to support government-worker unions has for decades constituted one of the greatest workplace violations of First Amendment rights in U.S. history.”

Now, back to the reason for this protest/rally: Supreme Court case could deal major blow to unions in New York

“On Monday(Feb 26, 2018) the US Supreme Court will hear Janus v. AFSCME. At issue are the constitutionality of laws in 22 states — including New York — that force public employees who do not want to belong to unions to pay unions “agency fees” for bargaining collectively on their behalf.” (also know as financial core) [ NY Post]

The plaintiff Illinois state worker Mark Janus — argues that agency fees violate his First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and association by compelling him to underwrite union political activity with which he disagrees.

If the court sides with Mr. Janus […] government unions in the state could lose 20 to 30 percent of their members and money. The balance of power in state politics would shift.” [NY Post]


So
, the unions rally, they MUST “Mobilize, Organize, Energize.”

After all, New York’s unions collect over $860 million a year from some 1 million government employees. “[…] furthermore, the vast majority of public union political activity seeks to aid the left side of the political spectrum, as the unions are closely aligned with the Democratic and Working Families parties.” [NY Post]

Membership translates into money.

 “New York’s government unions could lose up to $110 million a year in agency fee revenue. If the Supreme Court accepts these arguments […]

(CONSIDER) If stripping a political advocacy group of the power to force workers to join its efforts is a crippling event, then it’s an event worth celebrating.” [NY Post]

+a short VIDEO+

The Working Peoples Day” lobbied to END our Rights as Citizens, to DENY the Freedom to CHOOSE; our Constitutional Right to Choose.

a brief Flickr slideshow:

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FREEDOM, to be You. To be Me, it’s a terrible thing to waste.

[Pictures and Video Property of Pamela Hall]

You Can’t DEPORT a Movement-Foley Sq- NYC

Feb. 10, 2018 – Foley Square, NYC
9 am to Noon

In the words of the hard-core left hosting this rally, You Can’t Deport a MOVEMENT!  “There is a new stay for Ravi’s deportation […] this moment matters now MORE THAN EVER! We must stand up for the countless thousands of Ravis and Jeans and show that we are powerful together! “

“We leave no one behind! ICE cannot target our leaders OR our communities!”

Co-Sponsoring Organizations from the LEFT include: New Sanctuary Coalition, New York Immigration Coalition, 32BJ SEIU, Bronx Immigration Partnership, Copwatch Patrol Unit, Critical Resistance, Detention Watch Network, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), Democratic Socialists of America, Domestic Workers Alliance, Equality Labs, Immigrant Defense Project, Interfaith Center of New York,

mPower Change, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP), the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Northern Manhattan Immigration Coalition, Red Bloom / Solidarity Network, Restaurant Opportunities Center NYC, Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, Rise and Resist, South Asian Solidarity Initiative, Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) NYC, UnLocal, We Belong Together, WhyHunger, Workers Center of Central NY and Worker Justice Center of New York.

Video Part 1

[Face Book] “ICE is escalating its attack on immigrants and only our movement can stop them […] demand a #NEWSANCTUARYCITY”

The New Sanctuary Coalition (founded in 2007) acts as a network of interfaith congregations and organizations that stand with families and communities resisting detention and deportation.

Always encouraging to see JDL-NY giving THANKS to ICE! (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Still, [Face Book] moans from the LEFT droned on: “We need to stop the escalation of ICE and the president’s attacks on immigrant communities, including targeting dissidents for deportation…” 

— “targeting” FELONS? BAD ICE. BAD U.S. Government —

“… (ICE) threatening Dreamers with detention, ICE efforts to infiltrate courts and churches and up to the racist rhetoric of the president and his office.”

“In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’re asking friends and fellow activists to help hand deliver a message of love for all immigrants to ICE’s office by showing […] solidarity with Ravi, Dreamers, TPS recipients, workers, families and community members.”

“We’ll use messages of love and solidarity to combat the “good immigrant, bad immigrant” narrative. We resent the pressure on immigrants to prove their social or economic worth in order to justify their humanity.”

“This is a fight against this racist administration’s attempt to overstep the constitution and cherry pick who has the right to freedom and who will be terrorized into silence.”

“… this movement has deep roots and cannot be eradicated. We’re going to show them that you can’t deport a movement.”

Flickr slide show[Foley Square]

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Ravi’s status managed a reprieve—again: Immigrant rights activist temporarily avoids deportation.

“Justice was restored today( 2-09-18), at least temporarily, as Mr. Ragbir is now able to remain in the United States and free until the Court reviews his constitutional claims,” Ragbir’s attorney R. Stanton Jones said.

Ragbir — who has been a US resident since 1994 — has a 2001 felony fraud conviction from which prompted a 2006 order of deportation that Ragbir had successfully challenged until his arrest last month.” [NY Post]

Video Part 2 – as they did the Immigrant March

“Reps for Ragbir — the Trinidad native — also announced that they will be filing a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on Friday against ICE, Homeland Security, the Dept. of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to permanently stop officials from attempts to deport Ragbir and for relief for other immigrants rights activists who have also been targeted for deportation.” [NY Post]

“Ragbir slammed the Trump administration’s immigration policy […] calling it “ethnic cleansing.” [NY Daily News]

++ Then at NOON to 1:30 pm, the NY March For Immigrants’ Rally gathered in Herald Square

Their reasoning and accusations (as always) IGNORE the Rule of Law as the rail against the U.S. Government: “We are appalled by this administration’s attempt to pit immigrants against each other.”

We’re protesting against the anti-immigrant policies proposed by the White House and the GOP legislators, especially the recent White House proposal to end family reunification in exchange for DACA legalization.”


“Legal Immigrants, DACA and every American who opposes the anti-immigrant agenda are joining hands to fight racism, bigotry and xenophobia. United we stand, divided we fall.”

“There are roughly 7.5 billion human beings on this planet. None of them came from outer space, so none of them are aliens. So I refuse to call any human being an alien.”

“Furthermore, no human being is “illegal.
Any law that outlaws humanity is a bad and unjust law.

Apartheid was legal. That did not make it right. The human beings breaking Apartheid laws were humans fighting for justice, not “illegals.”

The Holocaust was legal. That did not make it right. Human beings breaking Holocaust laws were humans fighting for justice, not “illegals.”

“Slavery was legal. That did not make it right. Human beings fighting against slavery laws were not “illegals.” They were human beings fighting for justice.

Segregation was legal. That not make it right. Human Beings breaking Jim Crow laws were not “illegal.” They were human beings fighting for justice.”

“The earth has no lines on it. All borders are man made.
Crossing a man made line is only a crime because people have made it one.

People crossing a man made line are still human beings. They do not deserve to be detained or tortured. It is wrong to rip their families apart for any reason.

The earth belongs to all of us and we belong to it. Any human being should be able to live, with their family, any damn place they please on this planet.”

No human being is illegal. All this deportation of human beings is wrong and racist. There is absolutely no justification for treating human beings in this way.”  (This article was written by Claire Cohen.)#March4Immigrants 

Support Family Reunification. Support clean DREAM Act.
[Face Book]

Flickr slide show [Herald Square]

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++ Sound Cloud Report from Herald Sq (Columbia Radio News) ++

Wonder if Mexico or Japan or China, will open their borders. Open Borders. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

[Pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall]

March For “Truth” and Rally to Build the Wall

On June 3, 2017, I caught two rallies that went from Dump Trump to Support President Trump.What a day.

FIRST:  “The March For Truth”  Foley Square, NYC – 10:30 am.

Billed as a non-partisan “Search for Truth”. But , their signs reveal what rubes they really are – again.

See Flickr slide show for the many pithy posters and slogans. Typically, some were rude and crude.

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Two patriots, “Trump 2020”  and “YOU Lost” countered the “Dump Trump” anarchists, confounding the Leftists, wiped the smile from the collective when they caught a glimpse of the counter protest.

It put a smile on my face ….

They scoffed and marched on … naively committed to their search for “truth” aka agitprop. After all, why would anyone oppose their “March For Propaganda”?

At approximately 11:30, the happy snowflakes spilled out of their pen as they began their march down Broadway, playfully bouncing to the music as they held their snarky messages for all to see.

RESTORE DEMOCRACY.

A March to SAVE Democracy.  Oh, Puhlease….

++After the March – Headed UP TOWN +++

Now it was the “Rally for the Wall” at Trump Tower hosted by the America First Foundation, Inc, with special patriot freedom fighters at LIVE From America .

RALLY FOR THE WALL BLOCK PARTY  had a message for President TRUMP”

“We have your back Mr. President and we have the funds and determination to help secure our southern border. Bring your flags and your support for our POTUS and this wall and be ready to march to Trump Towers.  We need you. Your President needs you. Your country needs YOU!”

It was approximately 12:15 when I arrived. They seemed to be from out-of-state, which might be why there was a smallish turnout.

But the speaker I heard was solid and made a reasonable case for why we need to protect our borders.

It was nice to see Americans gathered out side Trump Tower in support of President Trump’s pledge to ‘Build the Wall’.

A respite from the many hostile actions at this location, slandering his nascent administration while calling for impeachment.

Flickr Slide show:

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Hope to see more of these “Support The President” rallys to counter the shocking violence towards anything or anyone Republican. Sad times that need fixin’.

Next up, a protest outside the reinterpreted Julius Caesar with the Assassination of a sitting President.

++ Pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall++

City of Refuge : Stop the Refugee BAN action for Refugees NYC

The original “City of Refuge : Stop the Refugee BAN 24 hour Action” planned  for March 14 had been postponed because of SNOW: the blizzard that didn’t.


Still it was a lot of snow, so they rescheduled to March 28 and NOW… we had RAIN.

Cameras and Rain, an even less friendly combination, but curiosity took me down town anyway to 40 Wall St.

Day 1, March 28, 2017 (Noon-1pm) began outside a TRUMP Building at 40 Wall Street, followed by a night sleeping in a temporary “Tent City” outside historic Trinity Church.

[Trinity Church was a partner in this action]

“To bring attention to the need for more humanitarian refugee policies, Trinity is partnering with a coalition of organizations, including African Communities Together and the Interfaith Center of New York, to host a refugee action, including two marches, teach-ins, interfaith services, and an overnight “refugee tent city.” 

From Protest Press Release:

We are calling for an end to the refugee ban, the preservation of asylum and TPS (temporary protected status), and truly humanitarian immigration policy. We will organize 24 hours of powerful actions in solidarity with refugees. We are invoking the spirit of the Statue of Liberty and the history of New York as a City of Refuge for immigrants and refugees from around the world.”

On Day 2, March 29, 2017,  the protestors would march to Federal Plaza, past the African Burial Ground, ending at Foley Square. But, first, March 28. Noon. I arrived outside the 40 Wall st Trump Building as the protestors were stacking their rafts. Inflatable dinghies. Very Orange.

Typically the Left knows street theatre photo-ops, making the trip worth the inclement weather. Lots of cameras were on-hand waiting. Ready.

As the small crowd grew, there were now a few signs carried by Koreans of MinKwon amongst the umbrellas.

Rafts laid out. Photos in rafts. A banner from African Communities Together. And a steady rain that was not abating. Still no one was leaving. Waiting patiently


The sound system spazzing in the rain caused a brief delay and then the speakers began. [VIDEOS next ]

The speakers included, Cesar Vargas , New York’s First Undocumented Lawyer

After a nearly three-year wait, a five-judge panel in New York ruled this week that César Vargas — a native of Mexico and longtime New Yorker — can be admitted to practice law in the state he’s called home since he was 5, even though he remains an undocumented immigrant.

Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer,  a refugee advocate

 Nisha Agarwal, Mayor’s Immigrant Affairs Commissioner

 Amaha Kassa, African Communities Together

Elizabeth Arjok, Sudanese model and actor.

Elizabeth fled South Sudan at seven years old and waited five years to be resettled in the U.S.

Their messages were clear: “Stop the attacks on illegal immigrants, Mr President. Stop ICE. Open Borders, Si. No to immigration laws. YES to Sanctuary Cities.” Nothing new here but, still, they managed to hold a decent rally in the rain.

[Slide show of pictures]

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After the speakers, I headed back up town so I didn’t walk the brief jaunt to Trinity Church – a short hop away (see picture below) – as they carried their VERY orange rafts to the temporary Tent City they set up outside the church.

At Trinity Church the schedule would include:

1:30pm: Opening at Trinity Church (including interfaith prayer service)

2:30-3:15pm: Teach-In: Immigration Law & Know Your Rights
3:30-4:15pm: Teach-In: Sanctuary in the Workplace
4:30-5:15pm: Teach-In: Criminalization
5:30-6:15pm: Teach-In: Foreign Policy & Migration

6:30-7:30pm: Dinner /Break
7:30-9pm: Cultural Jam
9-10pm: Torchlight Vigil
10pm: Doors of Trinity Church are closed. Camp out will begin.

Preferring rain to a ‘blizzard”, the protestors spent the night in a Tent City at Trinity Church as they protested the REFUGEE BAN. (Picture from Trinity Church’s Twitter feed)

DAY 2 – March 29 – Foley Square.

The Sun was out. Temperature pleasant, even though the wind was a bit brisk. The protesters spent the night at Trinity Church and were now, after passing the African Burial Ground, ended their Action in Foley Square (across from Federal Plaza) and STILL with those orange dinghies and drums (lots of African Drums).

Wednesday’s schedule – Day 2- included:

8:30-9:30am: Morning activity (leafleting, story sharing, “Call your Congressman/Congresswoman”)
9:30-10am: Closing at Trinity Church
10am-noon: The March to African Burial Ground & Federal Plaza
Noon: Closing Rally at Foley Square

Other than laying out those bright orange dinghys, this was a decidedly low impact second day protest/rally EXCEPT for some unplanned street theatre, unplanned by the protestors, was “Chairman Mao’s”, Gary Pneuff.

 “Build The Wall” Gary was back and he was NOT going to leave

But now wears a Trump hat and holds a Build the Wall sign, portable radio in hand, pacing back and forth during the speeches; chanting and singing LOUDLY (Kumbaya was his song of the day).


Crazy Gary from Staten Island
is a “professional” heckler. May Day aka Commie Day is a favorite of Gary’s. Every year he marches through Union Square giving grief to those who support Russian/ Soviet/Lenin  style Communism. Known to hurl profanities as he aggressively promotes his love for Red Chinese Communism.

So, Gary sporting a Trump hat and carrying a Trump/Pence sign, as well as “Build the Wall“, begs the question from even the protestors on the LEFT, “WHAT is going on with Crazy Gary?”

He caused quite a bit of noise pollution for the intended speakers but the police took a tame approach to his presence. They tried to move him a few times, but he wasn’t breaking any laws, so Kumbaya droned on loudly through Foley Square. Must say, had a bit of schadenfreude, watching the Left be harassed by one of their own- Gary certainly isn’t one of ours ….

As for the Refugee Action, today was perhaps a smaller crowd. The African contingent was solid but minus the Korean faction. Rally points unchanged, focus was cstill on (illegal) Immigrants. Sanctuary. Trump and …. Killer Cops aka the NYPD.(Demoralizing the police is a huge non-stop campaign going on for DECADES.)


We heard a few speeches with GARY chanting and Kumbaya-ing in the background. Union shills. African immigrants. And Hawa Bah, the mother of a Muslim immigrant, Mohamed Bah. She claims he was murdered by the NYPD on September 26, 2012.

Not much if any media present. Not my problem. Nor probably theirs either. Act like the media is there. Recruitment rather than media impact is often the goal. One day. One protest. One new recruit at-a-time keeps the ranks-of-resistance and discontent roiling. A decades old methodology.

They. Never. Rest.

++ pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall ++