In what is sure to be an exhilarating display of intersectional zeal, social justice activists will rally against three things tomorrow in NYC. They will simultaneously protest the “Muslim travel ban,” the GOP’s tax reform bill, and the repeal of DACA.
— Women’s March (@womensmarch) December 5, 2017
Why all three? It’s simple: “the Trump Administration is coming after all of us.” The rally’s Facebook page makes it abundantly clear that “we must stand together to fight against discriminatory policies,” which are no doubt part of a broader system.
The Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is sponsoring the rally, along with the Arab-American Association of NY. Some broadly pro-immigrant groups (like the New York State Immigrant Action Fund) are also involved. Hispanic groups are conspicuously absent. Don’t worry, though — Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) will be in attendance.
Al Sharpton and Linda Sarsour
— MPower Change (@MPower_Change) December 6, 2017
Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour is also involved with the rally. She is, after all, the co-chair of the Women’s March.
Linda Sarsour has had a rough week, to say the least. Yesterday, she was arrested in Washington while protesting the GOP’s new tax bill. Frightened, yet resolute, she spoke out alongside her colleagues while in handcuffs.
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) December 5, 2017
Sarsour was arrested not by privileged white men, but people of color. Also, Sarsour never seems to realize that she can, in fact, “life safely” and “freely” in America. In authoritarian countries, one usually does not give speeches while being arrested.
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When we say our work is personal, we mean it! Huge shoutout to the whole @thenyic but special shout out to all the #NY #Dreamers! Ty @francisnyic for organizing this huge statewide lift! #DreamActNow! #CleanDreamAct #NoMuslimBanEver #NoBanNoScam #OurNY #ImmigrantNY pic.twitter.com/Cs9kJc0l9M
— Murad Awawdeh (@HeyItsMurad) December 6, 2017
Tomorrow’s rally will take place at Washington Square Park from 6 to 8PM. NYU students are likely to attend, seeing as Washington Square Park is right next door. Perhaps NYU Divest will appear, protest against fossil fuels, and add yet another layer of intersectionality to this all-encompassing rally.
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