June 1, 2017. 3 pm-5 pm. Harlem NYC. Outside the famed Apollo Theatre.
Inside, the CUNY graduation ceremony will begin at 5 pm. Meanwhile, there was much activity outside as the attendees gathered, waiting to go in.
Ignoring the many #NoToSarsour protests, Linda Sasour’s CUNY keynote address was happening – anyway-
So two dedicated protestors walked back and forth in front of the Apollo; engaging the passersby and informing them why an anti-Semite, Hamas-supporting, sharia-loving woman, Linda Sarsour, should NOT be the keynote role-model for these (or any) grads.
For approx 45 minutes it was just two patriots engaging passersby with the facts regarding their protest and they spoke to many supportive passersby. Who would have ‘thunk’ it. In Harlem.
There were encouraging responses, particularly from men of colour – 20-4o years of age. Some had actually been at the AFDI #NoToSarsour protest the previous Thursday.
One fellow joined the two #NoToSarsour protestors for what seemed to be his lunch break as he sat, sign-in-hand and ate his lunch in front of the attendees.
Part 1 video. A brief look at the two protestors outside the Apollo
After a firestorm of protests leading up to June 1, CUNY held firm, claiming to support all types of speakers, even controversial ones; a disingenuous defense for choosing Sarsour and ignoring the FACTS about why she was a poor choice.
But, CUNY has an agenda: to make SHARIA law acceptable to the masses. Therefore Linda Sarsour, self-proclaimed sharia-loving “feminist” MUST remain their keynote speaker.
Sadly, those graduating were pawns in the agitprop game of the leftists-in-charge, who snarkily took over the sidewalk and lobbied the police to remove the two CUNY protestors. The feminazi lesbian brigade was particularly confrontational with the female protestor.
The major domo lesbian lobbied the police “white shirts”, oh-so-sweetly, getting NYPD to briefly do her bidding. “Make those two racist protestors go far, far away… pretty please?”
The police actually attempted to keep the two protestors AWAY (out of sight) from the domineering leftists who were “front and center” by the line of attendees.
“No standing. anywhere. Only walking. No TALKING to passersby.” Then it was, “You can’t WALK back and forth in front of the crowd.”
Of course, the rules were re-written to protect-the-left, but with quiet resistance the two Sarsour protestors politely persevered, continuing to walk-the-gauntlet of leftists and grad attendees: Unscathed.
NONE of these attempts at new rules were applied to the sidewalk-glut created by the banner-brigade peace grandmas.
They stopped. talked. “fumbled” with their banner. handed out flowers.
They stood in the center of the sidewalk and sat on little chairs with their signs demanding an end to Islamophobia and police violence.
The NYPD handled them well ….
Nicely. politely and with a respect they didn’t deserve.
… in spite of their rudely offensive signs …
Finally, some of the leftist protestors went inside a pen where their signs and banners were very visible for the grad attendees.
As long as those two pesky anti-Sarsour protestors were kept FAR AWAY the lefties were content, peace flowers-in hand, to freely walk, talk and engage the passersby.
Honoring their “creed”: NO competition-of-thought allowed, kept their tigers-at-bay.
Flickr Slide show of both sides outside the Apollo
The Lefties – all types – included the Raging Grandmas (for Peace) – one waved her Freedom Socialist rag of a “news paper” in my face while calling ME a Nazi.
Also, joining them were the do-gooder, self-hating “Jews for Islam” aka Jewish Voice For Peace and the ridiculous feminazis.
A very familiar face was “Rabbi” Michael Feinberg – passing out peace flowers. Feinberg is a dedicated hard-core UNION leftist who gives no quarter to any position that threatens his do gooder-ism. There is no illegal sanctuary, anti-police, pro-Islam cause that he and his comrades-in-arms do not support.
They live to protest all things good and decent, under the guise of decency.
5 pm – All were inside. CUNY prevailed. The ceremony was on course. Sarsour gave her keynote speech with Sharia Law unsullied. I read later that Sarsour’s speech was even LIVE-streamed. (wow)
Hope the attendees who told us they planned on standing and turning their backs on her were successful. BUT, OF COURSE, WE WILL NEVER KNOW cause the MSM will NEVER let that be the story-of-record.
Still, two stalwart protestors proved again that, even in small numbers, you CAN make a difference. For a couple of hours they made a crack in the left’s black-out on the TRUTH.
As for the report on the keynote address, I found some research links that revealed Sarsour was color co-ordinated with everyone, including the lights – the venue – a lovely rich blue dominated the scene.
Muslim Rights Activist Delivers CUNY Commencement Address at Apollo Theater [NY1] vid clip on her Keynote address
More reports on the keynote offensive from Pamela Geller
And then, lest we forget it was Ramadan, Sarsour went back to midtown, outside Trump Tower to PRAY IFTAR – ON Fifth Avenue.
see IFTAR twitter reporta
Why bother with a mosque when you can kneel and crying to ALLAH on the streets of Manhattan. And the Leftie Jews that run Manhattan were there SUPPORTING (and protecting) this foolishness.
Next up. March Against Sharia, June 10. The controversy never ends.
[Where designated, pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall]
An addendum – Perhaps this was a FEMINIST lead support group for Sarsour since it was comprised of the feminazis, peace-grandmas and lesbians. Helping me come to this perspective was one of their photographers, Joan L Roth. She seems to be a part of their group at large.
Found it interesting that Roth’s works promote Jewish women, a world wide commitment. BUT, this LINK [ http://lilith.org/articles/thru-a-feminist-lens-joan-roth-photographs-a-world-of-jewish-women/] begs the question, “Is Roth blind to the dangers of Islam – world wide- that endangers the Jewish people and WOMEN AND homosexuals?”
She writes: “I went to Kiev in 1991 because it was the 50th anniversary of Babi Yar. For a long time, Jews weren’t even allowed to visit the site. This was the first time that the government allowed an official memorial service.
Thousands of Jews, a huge sea of people carrying candles and flowers, all walked from the train station to Babi Yar—the same route as half a century ago. There was a blown-up photo at the site, of naked women. It never occurred to me that you had to take your clothes off to be shot. I’ve never been able to get that photo out of my mind.
Everyone there had a mother, a father, a grandparent or some relative who was murdered at Babi Yar. This woman [center of photo] (5) was a survivor, one of only four or five. She was thrown into the canyon as a child, and somehow crawled out. She crawled to the house of non-Jews she knew. Here she poses with these non-Jews, brother and sister; she
was brought up with them. The three of them are together a lot. They were moved that I thought it was important to photograph them—so they’re crying. Still in pain after all these years.
After I visited Babi Yar, I went to synagogue in Kiev. That’s where I started this kind of prayer I say—to my grandfather, to God—thanking my grandfather for having had the courage to leave Russia. My aunt used to tell me how beautiful Kiev was, the cherry blossoms in spring. She used to say, “If I had stayed, it would have been so easy for me to become a doctor,” and I used to think, “What are you talking about, you’d be dead.”
So, on this day, HOW can Sharia Law not be a source of emotional and intellectual conflict for any feminist’s sensibilities? ’tis a puzzlement.