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NYC Italian-Americans:Save Columbus Circle Statue!

“They have forgotten what the contributions of different cultures have meant to various societies. There is the bad, as we have seen from history, and as we see now, but there is also the good. If Caucasians are so bad, then why is one section of the world struggling to empty into the Western lands? Do you see any exodus headed elsewhere?” [Facebook]

Stop Mayor Red Bill de Blasio. Again. Now it’s the Italian-American heritage assault.  On the steps of NY City Hall,  a press conference was held in support of  the Columbus Circle statue. A GIFT to the city of NY in 1892 by Italian immigrants.

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A passionate roster of speakers mostly Italian-Americans were there but none came to hate-on America. They spoke with pride as Americans who are also proud of their Italian heritage.

Opening remarks from Councilman Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore).

Borelli begins by mentioning the significance of Italian American protests in 1970-1. And now Columbus is next on the chopping block. He warns de Blasio and Mark-Viverito, who are opening historical arguments 4oo years old, your actions are more divisive than uniting. The iconoclasm we are seeing […] will look foolish 200 years from now. How will our actions today be judged. This is an unfortunate chapter in NYC’s history. We are concerned about preserving his (Columbus’) legacy. We are asking […] he be judged through the lens of the era in which he lived.”

 Congressman Borelli was followed by Joe Piscopo (Piscopo excerpts)

“This is about my grandparents. They came from Italy. They came in steerage. On the boat to Ellis island, passed the statue of liberty. With no respect they came to this country. You know what they did? They learned the law. They learned the language. They were proud to become Americans. I wasn’t allowed to speak Italian in the house. They became Americans. The one iconic symbol for Italian-Americans was Christopher Columbus. He’s flawed. We’re all flawed. Hey, I’m flawed. We’re all flawed. You know what gets me frustrated … Italians have no respect. We never complain… When we were prejudiced against. When they hung Sicilians in New Orleans.(**lynched March 14, 1891 **) Teddy Roosevelt said, “They got what they deserved.” FDR interned Italians during WW2. We didn’t complain because WE WERE AMERICANS. Leave our statues alone (cheers). Stop the political correctness. It’s killing us. Keep the greatness, keep the texture, the character of the United States of America.”

The reality that politicians of a ‘progressive’ persuasion – aka Marxists – seem to be gaining ground as they “progressively” wipe our American history from the books inspired multiple speaker. They spoke passionately of their pride in America and our shared history. [Part 1 – Candidates were introduced “Bo” Dietl, Michel Faulkner, Steve Saperstein, Lucretia Potter.

5 speakers (in order):  Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo (R-Mid-Island), Assemblyman Ronald Castorina Jr., Brooklyn Councilman Vincent Gentile, Councilman Mark Mark Treyger.

These proud Americans put the mayor on-notice that no one is going to suck-it-up and accept his offensive proposals. Leave our statues ALONE. [Part 2 –Staten Island artist Scott LoBaido is introduced followed by 5 speakers (in order) Queens Councilman, Eric Ulrich, Joe Guagliardo, National Council Of Columbia Associations, Joe Sciame, former president Sons of Italy in America, John (?), and last –  the attorney representing 10,000 members in the NYPD Association and Manny Rothstein.

It was a moving and informative 45 minutes presser. Well-attended by the press, a press that was clearly not too sympathetic to the cause as was apparent in the Q and A. You can see and hear the disdain in the reporters’ questions.

So, will Mayor “Red Bill” and his fellow travelers, Melissa Mark-Viverito, diverge from their path of destruction? Not bloody likely.

Will the citizens of NYC allow this proud Italian-American symbol of our shared American history to disappear, treated with disdain by the anti-America Left? Not bloody likely.

This is war. Americans vs the Marxist cabal. Game on.

+++ This is a partial list of names mentioned in video: Councilman Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore), Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn),  Assemblyman Ronald Castorina Jr., Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo (R-Mid-Island), Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-North Shore),  Staten Island artist Scott LoBaido, comedian Joe Piscopo, Brooklyn Councilman Vincent Gentile, Joseph Guagliardo of the National Council Of Columbia Associations, Joseph Sciame, the former president of the Sons of Italy in America.++++

Ending with a flashback to the art exhibit built around the Columbus statue in 2012.

I was thrilled to walk up the scaffolding stairs, to see the Columbus statue up-close on September 20, 2012. But, was this a good thing?

October 2012- “Discovering Columbus”- a rare opportunity to see the 1892 marble figure of the great Italian explorer up close. Nishi, who is internationally known for transforming historical monuments by surrounding them with domestic spaces, said the aim of his piece is to put the viewer at eye level with the statue. “Discovering Columbus” is his first public art project in the United States.

However, this particular art-event – “Discovering Columbus” – was met with derision by the Italian American community; covering up the statue with a scaffolding, on Columbus Day 2012 – Not nice.

And now, five years later, they fight the outrageous possibility of removing the statue all together and RENAMING the Circle ++ LENAPE CIRCLE ++

What’s next? Renaming the continents? No more Amergus Vespuci. No more “America”. Sadly the big LIE of “indigenous” people to the North and South American continents would live on.

Links: Gothamist, Patch

** 1891 lynchings mentioned by Joe Piscopo In late 19th-century America there was a growing prejudice against Italians, who were immigrating to the American South in large numbers to fill the shortage of cheap labor created by the end of slavery. Sugar planters, in particular, sought workers who were lower paid and more compliant than former slaves; they hired immigrant recruiters who began bringing the Italians to southern Louisiana. In the 1890s, thousands of Italians were arriving in New Orleans each year. Many settled in the French Quarter, which by the early 20th century became known as “Little Sicily.”[22] 

Southern Italians were not considered full-fledged members of the “white race”… Between 1890 and 1910, Sicilians made up less than 4 percent of the white male population, yet were roughly 40 percent of the white victims of southern lynch mobs.[54] **

[Where indicated pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall]

“Trump is Killing Us: Mourning Heather Heyer”

Monday August 14, 2017. The “Trump is Killing Us: Mourning Heather Heyer” protest started at 5 PM. (I got there at about 6 pm.)

By then the crush and resistance to clearing the streets was intense. (the NYPD recording – leave or be arrested – played over and over to avail)

What I noticed, as they dug-in, were lots of white faces hating on America: dunderheads and anarchists refusing to disburse. (and LOTS of cement trucks)

Flickr Slide show

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I was late to the party ’cause I met up with the JDL at Union Square, a counter-protest to the Samidoun Leftie Jews and “Palestinians” who think that murderess, Rasmea Odeh is a victim. This was very, very successful counter-protest, great pics and videos will follow soon. Meanwhile, Day 2 of the anti-fascism Fascists.

A funereal protest was announced, perhaps I missed it, because I was restricted to 56th and 55th street on Fifth Avenue; JAMMED with bodies and signs, malcontents hating and wailing on Trump but…. jovial, considering this INSANE gathering of dilettantes, slumming.

Captured a periscope video, something new for me, but another method to use when needed. This one sheds some light on the sea of people, media and police. What a MESS!

The Face Book announcements – to rally and recruit – seemed to work cause there was a ridiculous amount of people jamming the sidewalks. RECRUIT and RE-EDUCATE. I hear it. I see it. “Join us. Tell your friends.” Over and over. RESIST!!

 

CO-SPONSORS May 14th : Strong Economy for All, New York Communities for Change, Vocal NY, Working Families Party

Donald Trump is coming to NYC to stay at his beloved Trump Tower. But New Yorkers won’t have it.

Trump is killing us. Whether it is by killing our democracy, threatening war on North Korea, targeting our immigrant communities, or wanting to end the policies that allow black and brown people to access higher education.

That’s why we are going to welcome Trump with a funeral procession to highlight all the ways his administration is killing our country.

Dressed all in black, New Yorkers will march from 59th street and 5th Ave to Trump Tower. Feel free to bring candles, pictures, and symbols of the people, beings, and things Trump is killing.

The face book memes kept changing,“Protest Trump and Ideology of Hate at Trump Tower!”, the purpose  did not, “Get Trump/Pence OUT of NYC – Out of the White House” and “Trump is Killing us: Funeral to Welcome Donald Trump to NYC”.

“Our thoughts are with those killed and injured in Charlottesville standing up to hatred and racism! This is the ugly face of Trump’s America! There is no apolitical reply to what happened in Charlottesville! You pick a side. Choosing to ignore is a side!

Join us at Trump tower! Stand against Trump, White Supremacy, Nazi and ideology of hatred!” [What’s LOVE got to do with it? NADA]

Read on as the “Charlottesville organizers ask you to take these 8 actions” (5 listed below)++

These actions are requested directly from the Black Lives Matter group that is part of our resistance network. [Hate RULES]

#3. Petition the administration at the University of Virginia to publicly denounce white supremacist alumni Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler, revoke their diplomas, and commit to ejecting them from UVA grounds if they ever show their faces there again: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/revoke-diplomas-from-spencer-and-kessler. Until UVA takes these steps, it is complicit in the violence they engender.

The next four actions are for you to organize locally, in your home communities.

[In other words SPY on your neighbors, your friends, your families. 1984 IS HERE]

#5. Do the research to identify Nazis in your community. Find out who’s doing alt-right or white supremacist agitating, find out where they work, and learn as much as you can about their connections to politicians or police in your town. Use this information to block them from gaining social and political control. Do not allow your community to be a platform for white supremacist fascism.

#6. Organize community defense networks to protect and defend each other now. The only reason why more people weren’t killed in Charlottesville on Saturday is that a wide variety of groups, particularly anarchist and antifa groups, protected each other when the police refused to do so.

#7. Take down all confederate monuments.

#8. And finally, there is a direct connection between white supremacist fascism and everyday white supremacist state policies and practices. Continue to organize to end racial oppression and make reparations, in line with the Vision for Black Lives.

We grieve for Heather. We ache with the Black communities terrorized. We mobilize in memory of the 52% of Charlottesville residents enslaved by the confederacy. We fight for the reparations yet to be made in their name.

Bring your best gifts to this struggle, and fiercely love. (Cross-posted from Daily Kos.)

Game on: Rally. Recruit. Re-Educate (rinse/repeat).

The media war helps shape the memes, dulling the senses, as the soc/commie/prog/fascisti lead the people to the slaughter. (ignorance. bliss. insanity.)  Do you know where you children are?

Day 3  next – the wrap of this  RESIST Trump Pence -3 day Event.
But, unfortunately, in no way is it The End.

[Pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall]

Patriots vs The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! No Nuclear War! Protest

August 9, 2017 – 8 AM – NYC – This was the first anti-fascist FASCIST speaker of the “No Nuclear War! The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!” protest. He droned on and on – while standing in front of their mock DRONE – about impeaching President Trump.

“The Resist a Fascist America” FASCISTS gathered the day before the anniversary of Nagasaki, in front of Fox News, to defend the TOTALITARIAN hell-hole called, North Korea. The enemy (for them) is the United States (it’s not just the Trump/Pence REGIME). They never met a totalitarian government they wouldn’t DEFEND.

The counter-protest was small, but any opposition makes the anti-fascist FASCISTS very VERY upset, so standing up to their lies is worth it, knowing they can’t handle the truth.

Lead this day by Commie – Fascist, Debra Sweet ( Of World Can’t Wait). Under Debra the tone is never peaceful. This is a woman who sends her minions out to harass, confront, to shut down Free Speech. Not shy when it comes to initiating confrontation, Debra swirled around the public sidewalk commandeering this public space – no opposition allowed. Police and the opposition were relegated t0 the sidelines. The fascists conquerors made a grand play at calling the shots and using harassment to control “their space” this early morn.

Anti-fascist FASCIST speaker # 2 . She too droned on and on, her theme: “Fire and Fury” and Trump’s planned mass-murder of the North Koreans. The ONLY hope for the North Koreans: The Trump/Pence REGIME Must Go.

She’s baaack. Fascist recruiter, Eva Sahana, shrieking her fascist mantra at the passerby on their way to work. And while she was speaking, the get off our streets harassment of this photographer, began, announcing that I was a FASCIST SPY.

Harassing the Pro-Trump counter-protest was a very important mission for fascist leader, Debra Sweet, of World Can’t Wait, and her minions.

It’s a “nucular” nightmare! SHRIEKED another fascist babe who assaulted the ears of the passersby. Her diatribe on “It’s a “Nucular” Nightmare” and “This isn’t Normal” managed to create an amusing mike-check exchange between the ‘warring-factions with her nuculars vs the nuclears.

A very angry Filipino fascist ranted about Trump’s bankruptcies, “He doesn’t pay anybody” (laced with expletives that he hurled at the pro-Trump counter-protestor, while blocking my camera). His vile rant was also aimed at the NYPD officers on-duty. As he stormed off – an elderly man walked up to and lectured the Pro-Trumper on “Fire and Fury”. Then with a royal flip of his hand said, “Take that sign Down” – as he too stormed off.

The “Support President Trump” counter-protesters were led by a “Support Blue Lives” flag. Interesting. The fascist demonstrators went silent- hard to believe- but since they were packing up early, perhaps they were just out-of-steam. They left approximately 45 minutes before their scheduled end. SO, we hung around while they oh-so-carefully packed their mock DRONE into the back of their “Out of Iraq-Afghanistan” car.

Slide show of a few pictures

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+++ Their Facebook announcement info++

The day before the anniversary of Nagasaki, Trump declared “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen, he has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Trump’s threats of nuclear war are a nightmare for humanity and the planet! This nightmare must end. The Trump Pence Regime Must Go.

Join RefuseFascism.org and protest in front of Fox News Headquarters to say NO! “The Trump/Pence Regime MUST GO” before they incinerate humanity.

Only the people acting together in determined struggle, taking to the public squares day after day, night after night, not leaving until the regime is forced to go,  can we save humanity and our planet. Hosted by RefuseFascism.org

More on their fearless fascist leader, Debra Sweet. I am blocked and harassed from a public sidewalk by Debra and her minions.
FASCIST Debra Sweet is the Director of World Can’t Wait : atheist, revolutionary communist cause the world doesn’t have to be this way. whose mission is stopping the crimes of the U.S. …. and I’M a FASCIST SPY….

 ++ March on. March on. As they Take to the Streets. So must we++

Take To The Streets. Sunday, August 13, Condemn the Racist, Murdering Nazi Thugs in Charlottesville, Virginia

*Sunday, we meet at 2pm to rally at Columbus Circle, then MARCH TO TRUMP TOWER at 3pm!*
Monday, 5 pm, Trump Tower
Tuesday, 5 pm, Trump Tower

This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!
In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America.

One person murdered and 19 wounded by KKK/Nazi thugs in Charlottesville, Virginia have shown the whole world the reality of the Trump/Pence Regime’s fascist America. Parading through the streets with torches chanting “Hail Trump” while spouting the most vile racism and anti-semitism these shock troops revealed the ugly face of the fascist future that the Trump/Pence Regime is hammering into place.

Even after learning of death of one of the people standing up against these fascist thugs, Donald Trump would not even utter words of condemnation of their vicious white supremacy, anti-semitism and their open aspousal of Nazi slogans of “Blood and Soil.” Trump wouldn’t even offer condolence for the person murdered by these fascists.

THIS REGIME MUST BE STOPPED. The lives of millions of Black people, immigrants, women and lgbtq people hang in the balance along with the lives of billions of people around the world as the Trump/Pence Regime threatens North Korea with “fire and fury.” We must get organized NOW, in a serious way, to STOP THIS REGIME.

ALL Sides must prepare for their next battle front – November 4th

Refuse Fascism has a plan: On November 4th, We will gather in the streets and public squares of cities and towns across this country, at first, many thousands declaring that this whole regime is illegitimate and that we will not stop until our single demand is met: The Nightmare Must End: the Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

Our protest must grow day after day and night after night – thousands becoming hundreds of thousands, and then millions – determined to act to put a stop to the grave danger that the Trump/Pence Regime poses to the world by demanding that this whole regime be removed from power.

Be part of making this vision a reality. Come the Northeast Regional Conference to plan November 4th on Saturday, August 19 at 12 PM – 6 PM. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 W 13th St, New York, New York .

Who will end this nightmare? We will. Only the determined struggle of millions of people acting together with courage and conviction can drive this regime from power. Who should attend this conference?

Students and youth, the faith community, representatives of organizations and people who are unaffiliated, artists and professionals, long-time activists and folks who have never protested before – everyone who wants to see the nightmare of the Trump/Pence Regime end and is willing to act together to accomplish this. (REGISTER for the conference)

Patriots, prepare for their “War in the Streets”, to turn the tide of their revolution.

It doesn’t take an army to make a difference.

[Pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall]

March Against Sharia Vs Pro Sharia Anarchists – June 10, 2017 – NYC

June 10, 2017 – 10 am.  Patriots gathered in Foley Square  to “March Against Sharia”.

We stand for human rights, Please join us to speak out against the atrocities committed under Sharia – Islamic penal law. We stand against oppression of women and gays, honor crimes against women, female genital mutilations, child marriages and Sharia courts in the U.S. Most of all, we stand united for our freedom of assembly, our freedom of speech, and our love of this great nation.

No idea why, but there was no march, just the anti-Sharia protest/rally, in situ.

The only marching done this day was by the PRO-Sharia NOISE-makers.

They arrived early, the PRO-Sharia Marxist/Fascist/Antifa/Socialist/Anarchists,  standing in front of the court house, armed with noise makers, pots and pans, bicycle horns and air horns.

They came prepared to make war on Free Speech. Again.

But the ANTI – Sharia patriots were not shy when it came to giving it right back at them.

They were prepared – to DEFEND the Constitution –  AGAIN.

Pax Hart , a writer and political commentator, was the host of the rally.  (I excerpted his long opening speech)

Also, have an excerpt of Madison Rising’s fabulous version of our National Anthem.

The rally started late, so I wasn’t able to stay to catch all the speakers.

I did catch part of Laura Loomer’s speech and found that, after the rally, she made a wonderfully bold move – she burqa’d the Wall Street Fearless girl! ( link HERE)

The Patriots were in top form as you can see in the Flickr Slide show.

They did not suffer the anarchists in silence.

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The Marxist/ Fascist/ Anarchist noise-makers were obnoxious but did not drown out the speakers as they intended. In spite of the media’s misleading reports, if you stood at the staging area  you could hear the speakers just FINE.

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Something odd seems to have sprouted on our side,  Gavin McInnes’  Proud Boys , the next gen of young Americans whose brass in fighting back is challenging the Leftists. No problem for me there but, WHY do the Proud Boys wave that FAKE green flag of Kekistan. WHAT is the point?

Kekistan
Kekistan is a fictional country

 

 

In picture after picture, what does it mean? Waving a FAKE flag that some feel is a NAZI flag. Neo-Facists. White Supremacists.  Shouldn’t there be a purpose to their madness?

And they also  briefly waved the WW1 flag of Germany as well. Why?

Later I saw what appears to be a Proud boys poster [magarally.com] next to their anti-Communist Action flag.


Then the poster disappeared, but reappeared in the hands of a Proud Boy. Is this kind of mockery good for our cause?

Perhaps these provocative actions and posters and flags are the mistakes of youth …. but, what’s Gavin’s excuse?  Is Gavin just a SHOCK JOCK, a wanna-be comedian whose shiz is weak ? Listening to his un-amusing speech does not make me a fan.[link here] McInnes is pictured below (with goatee) watching from side of the stage at the May 25th protest.

Listening, instead, to Pamela Geller (and Milo Yiannopoulos) who spoke at the very successful AFDI #SayNotoSarsour and Sharia Law protest on May 25. [ LINK TO FULL VIDEO] is encouraging and inspiring.

They, too, were hounded by the same PRO-Sharia anarchists, armed with noise makers, whistles and obnoxious chants. But the crowds of patriots at the AFDI protest hung in there, in spite of the noise , demanding that we all Say NO to Sharia Law, not support it. [Link to May 25th report]

The TRUTH rang out – both days – not NOISE.

No Marxist, Fascist, Anarchist, Antifas will ever succeed in shutting down our FREE SPEECH. They keep trying, but We will NOT be SILENCED.

Game on!

[Where indicated, pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall]

“NO! to KKK Jeff Sessions’ Mandatory Sentencing!” Protest NYC

MAY 15 , 2017  (5 – 7 pm) “NO! to KKK Jeff Sessions’ Mandatory Sentencing!Hosted by RefuseFascism.org.

Jeff Sessions, the current United States Attorney General, was the object of their collective anti-Fascist scorn, “Sessions has issued a COMPLETELY draconian policy that will bring a New Jim Crow.

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Fake orange jump-suited prisoners (chained), holding their assigned offenses, were accosted by a fake Jeff Sessions. This was not a great moment in street theatre history.

They made another claim about the Sessions sentencing : “If you haven’t heard about mandatory sentencing, you have no idea what hell is about to come down on black and brown people.”

They continued with: “White supremacist Attorney General Jeff Session just issued a sweeping policy of mandatory sentencing for all criminal offenses. This means that people will be charged with the MOST serious penalty for all offenses. For example: If someone is arrested with one joint, mandatory sentencing is 1 year in prison. This will DESTROY THE LIVES OF millions of our people, especially Black and Latino people. This (is) racist and it is fascist.” 

 Flickr Side show

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 The best laid plans for these non-stop bitch-fests don’t always come-off as planned.  I saw people. Real people. Connected. Sincere in their delusions. Sharing. Bonded. Committed. Grab an adjective. They all fit.

Yes they really were TRYING to make this piece of street theatre come-off as planned: a biting, witty  commentary on the evils of that southern Fascist Jeff Beauregard Sessions.

However,  once their fake Jeff Sessions stepped up-to-the- plate. Bad. Just plain bad street theatre. This guy needed to go home.

This young woman was loud and clear. Thanks to her, and not the faux Jeff Sessions, we knew WHY they were protesting.

What is Jeff Sessions Mandatory Sentencing? (Facebook)

This is an re-institution of a brutal new form of Jim Crow. Every outrage by this Trump Regime must be met with greater and greater resistance. And we must act together to drive it out before its too late.

 Mandatory minimum sentences are cruel and ineffective. Sessions wants them back.

Under Sessions, prosecutors will be required almost always to charge mandatory minimums, however unjust. They will bind judges’ hands even when the facts cry out for more measured punishment. The result will be great suffering. And there is no good reason for it.

Who is Jeff Sessions (Facebook) 

Jeff Sessions led the prosecution of three Black civil rights workers for attempting to register Black people to vote in areas of Alabama where virtually no Black people had been able to vote, near the infamous town of Selma. He also called a white civil right lawyer a “disgrace to his race” for litigating voting rights cases.

Under Sessions leadership, Alabama used the torturous practice of hitching posts. This is where prisoners, were shackled for as long as 7 hours in the broiling heat of Alabama’s summer to chest high horizontal bars. They were deprived of food, water and the toilet. This along with chain gangs ( men tied together in groups of 5 with 8 feet of chain between them) and involved hard labor breaking walks. These torturous practices disproportionately affected black people and were ruled un-constitutional.

++The following facts, in defense of Jeff Sessions, are not based on Fake News hysteria nor Leftist agitprop++

Politico.com : “Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination to be the 84th attorney general of the United States is fantastic news for those who revere the rule of law.

TheHill.com : “My advice to Democrats, regarding their demand for the head of Attorney General Jeff Sessions: turn off MSNBC and CNN, and calmly read the transcripts of the remarks that have been made.

DailyCaller.com : “Senator Jeff Sessions is not a racist.  If you listen to only certain Senate Democrats and others on the left, that’s exactly what they want you to think […] (they) are labeling Senator Sessions as a racist for actually fighting for the voting rights of African Americans.”

The TRUTH is a terrible thing to waste….

++Pictures and video are 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.

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Red Bill de Blasio’s Snowflake Town Hall vs Step Down de Blasio Commies

March 15, 2017 – 7 PM – First rule of politics (that Repubs seem to have neglected) Never attend a Town Hall meeting you can’t control. That’s what Comrade de Blasio did with great aplomb.

The NYPD, the NYC Council members, the local progs, who remain loyal to the mayor, packed the meeting with loyalists who understood they were there to  make nice with the mayor, or else.


Even the so-called “hard questions” were asked with respectful voices. No shouting. No screaming. No chanting. No signs (nothing like that was permitted). No Way. No How.


Not possible since entry to the school was security intensive. Everything was scanned, purses dumped (my wallet – DUMPED); back packs, camera gear groped, dumped and prodded. No signs would be snuck in- if they even tried- not gonna get past that security. (for s few more pictures see slide show)

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Listened to the town hall meeting for about 90 minutes, of a three hour marathon, with nary a spark of discontent.  The Mayor and Councilman Johnson offered the usual FRIENDLY soc/commie/prog responses to a very receptive crowd.


Stuck-on-stupid for almost every question or complaint, the most recycled solution was, “We need MORE Progressive Democrats in Albany to get rid of Trump.”


Manhattan. NYC. A hot bed of soc/commie PROGRESSIVE politicians who stay in office til they die. New York has no brain. No heart. Just empty tills that must be refilled with higher and higher taxes. Yep. That’s the ticket to a workers party paradise. (playlist of videos has excerpts of many of the talking points and answers)

Three hours of platitudes and get rid of Trump promises. “We feel your pain. November 8th was a nightmare. We can fix it if we try. We are HERE FOR YOU!”

See two more videos of the mayor on Muslim school holidays…

And Sanctuary Cities are MORE safe.

So, where were the disenchanted heavy hitters? Those fellow-travelers who often demand that Comrade Mayor de Blasio step-down. I’ve heard them. Seen them. Guess inquiring minds were checked-at-the-door.


Next day, March 16, 2017, FOUND the DUMP Blaz Commies outside City Hall. There they were, ready to excoriate all things de Blasio.


The malcontents were baaack! And not just for Chinatown and the LES (Lower East Side).


This was a CITYWIDE Alliance to Dump de Blasio NOW!


Their press release said a people-of-color consortium lead this protest. They gathered (AGAIN) with the same complaints heard on Jan 16, followed by “Mayor de Blasio must STEP DOWN!”


Blaz, the racist, is as BAD AS TRUMP!

Mayor de Blasio, “gentrifier-in-chief,” has designated NYC a “sanctuary city” in an effort to protect immigrants from racist and xenophobic Trump Executive Orders. For many NYC immigrants, however, our communities are under siege as we live in the instability and crisis as a result of the Mayor’s own rezoning policy that is displacing us from the very places that we seek refuge.

A list of  speakers outside City Hall:

Heard three of the speakers before I had to leave:

What a difference a day makes. These soc/commie/progs are not the friendlies from the night before.

While Trump pushes people out of the country, de Blasio pushes people out of their homes and neighborhoods, all to benefit his political aspirations and ultra-rich developers. They are two sides of the same coin: both destroy immigrant families and communities of color.

We say no more to racism and displacement! Join us to demand Mayor de Blasio step down!

There was a list of demands:

1) End racism in city planning. Pass community-based “People First” plans like the Chinatown Working Group rezoning plan.

2) End public funding for luxury development, such as 421-a. Instead; use public resources to preserve and build more permanent low-income housing.

3) Stop privatization of public land and assets.

4) Mayor de Blasio and those in City Council who also collude with developers, step down.

Displacement. Selling blocks of real estate apartments – in lower economic communities – to build higher and higher 65 story replacements. They want the displacement to stop. The graft and payments to stop. (Are you listening NOW, Mr. Mayor?)


Seems ol’ Red Bill’s a bit soiled and his fellow soc/commie/progs are not happy that this “Progressive” Mayor remains in office.


Step Down de Blasio!” The real estate developers are displacing NYC residents. (With the mayor’s blessing.) Racist Rezoning is destroying immigrant families. That’s why “Bill de Blasio must go!”  Now.


They do eat their own …. Don’t they…

++ slide show of a few more pictures++

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