NEW YORK ― “Resist!”
That was the chant that could be heard blocks away from New York City’s Washington Square Park Wednesday night as up to a thousand protesters gathered to show their solidarity with the Muslim community.
Demonstrators gathered to protest an anticipated executive order from President Donald Trump aimed at indefinitely banning Syrian refugee admissions; temporarily banning entry of people from certain majority-Muslim countries; and suspending visas to countries of “particular concern.”
Speaking beneath the park’s iconic arch, Muslim civil rights advocates and politicians described Trump’s vision for America as at odds with his hometown’s history as a welcoming sanctuary city for people of all faiths, races and immigration status.
“We reject policies that turn our nation’s backs on those that have suffered so much,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.). “Each one of us has seen the pictures of the children in Aleppo … It breaks my heart.”
“So we are here to say to our Muslim brothers and sisters,” she continued, “that tonight, today and in the future, I too am Muslim.”
Sumaya Awad, 22, handed out fliers for the International Socialist Organization. Awad, a Muslim Palestinian immigrant, said she understands the importance of standing with her fellow Muslims.
“Trump has attacked basically every part of my identity,” Awad told HuffPost. “I’m a Muslim, I’m a woman, I’m a Palestinian immigrant, and the idea of living through four years, or possibly eight years of this, is terrifying.”… see more