Thousands of protestors marched down Fifth Avenue today, marking it the fourth day of continuous anti-Trump protests in New York.
Across the boroughs, New Yorkers voted overwhelmingly for Clinton (almost 80% in Brooklyn, close to 90% on Manhattan and Bronx).
Given these numbers it’s understandably that Trump’s surprising success left many New Yorkers looking for ways to show their anger. Or just a place to meet likeminded people.
“This makes me so happy,” said one woman in her twenties looking around the march. All around, there was a tremendous amount of positive energy, and the march didn’t only serve as an expression of free speech and political will, it also was like a big therapy session.
It was the first time many New Yorkers felt okay again all week.
The peaceful protest was a wild mix of ages, genders and races, and so where the causes they were promoting in their signs and chants.
My body, my choice. Her body, her choice.
I object the president elect.
Love trumps hate.
No hate. No fear.
This is what democracy looks like.
Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Donald Trump go away.
We are the popular vote.
Climate change is real. Protect the EPA.
Black lives matter.
Slowly, but surely New York is waking up from it’s collective moment of shock and mourning.
In the meantime, many New Yorkers are tacking actions and protesting Trump and the values he stands for. And even though Trump doesn’t seem to agree, peaceful demonstrations and marches are a powerful tool of democracy. So keep them coming!
Today – Saturday – two demonstrations are leaving Union Square to march to Trump Tower. One at noon, one at 9pm.
Meet you at Union Sq. at 12pm and march to Trump Tower (725 5th Ave) at 2pm.
Divided is the reason we just fell. We must unite despite our differences to stop HATE from ruling the land.
This is a peaceful protest. Violence/vandalism will not be tolerated
Exercise your right to free speech and PEACEFUL protest at Union Square Park this Saturday starting at 9pm! At 10 pm we will head to Trump Tower to join other protesters.
There is another protest earlier in the day, this is an opportunity for those who cannot make it to join in the fight.
This is not about hate and anger- lets use our anger and frustration to show that our right to protest can make a difference when we do it the right way. No matter your reason for fighting back, make it there and make it known.
Remember back in March, when a tombstone bearing Donald Trump’s name and the inscription “Made America Hate Again” appeared in Central Park?
By May, the Secret Service had figured out the artist behind the stunt, and soon after the New York Times revealed his identity. Brian Andrew Whiteley.
I was “not calling for the death of Donald,” Whiteley told the Times at the time. “I’m making an artistic statement.”
If you want to check out, the stone for yourself, now is your chance. It’s on display in the Christopher Stout Gallery in Bushwick until October 9th, and will then be moving to the Joshua Liner Gallery in Manhattan.