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Thousands Rally in NY Against Trump Under #HateFreeNY Banner


April 14, 2016

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Daniel Altschuler,

More than 10,000 New Yorkers Rally Against Trump in NYC under the banner #HateFreeNY


New York, NY—On Thursday evening, more than 10,000 New Yorkers joined together to protest and rally Donald Trump’s appearance at the New York State Republican Party’s Gala under the banner #HateFreeNY. The massive crowd denounced Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric and the political climate he has created, including the promotion of violence against immigrants, Muslims, people of color, women, and anyone who opposes him. They also mobilized against the creeping Trumpism visible in other political candidates—both presidential and in New York State politics—who have echoed him and pushed for policies that do serious harm to New York residents.

#HateFreeNY is building on the powerful moral confrontations with Trump brand of hate and racism across the country: from interruptions of rallies in New Orleans and Fayetteville, to kicking him out of Chicago, to blocking the road to a rally in Arizona. 

Speakers at the event affirmed the importance of standing up against Trump’s hateful rhetoric and the embrace of him and his ideas by other presidential candidates and New York Republicans.

Zuleima Dominguez, undocumented immigrant member of Make the Road Action, said: "We cannot stand by while people like Trump use our community as a scapegoat to try to win an election. Mr. Trump and the New York Republican Party should be ashamed of themselves for bringing this message of hate to the Big Apple."

Linda Sarsour, Co-Founder of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York (MDCNY), said: “MDCNY plans to mobilize our communities to protest against the hateful, bigoted, racist, and xenophobic Trump candidacy. The NYS Republican Party’s embrace of this candidate shows just how out of touch they are with the millions of Muslim, Black, Latinx, immigrant, women, and other New Yorkers who stand for inclusion and unity over fear and hatred. Their celebration of Donald Trump reinforces what we already know—NYS Republicans are only concerned with appealing to the small sliver of the population that shares this bigoted worldview.”

Kayla Santosuosso, spokesperson for SURJ-Action, said: “We are protesting Trump to expose the racist rhetoric he uses to galvanize working class whites, knowing especially that white silence on the part of those opposed to him has allowed his hate speech to proliferate. We demand that our state legislators stop enabling Trump to and stop benefiting from racist rhetoric and policies that scapegoat oppressed communities.”

Mohammad Khan, Campaign Manager of MPower Change, said: "Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have both used Muslims, Islam, and Muslim communities as a punching bag to build political capital for campaigns that peddle hate, fear, and division. Their policies and platforms are empowering a wave of bigotry and violence that endangers Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim. MPower Change members will be sending a message to Trump, Cruz, and the establishment that supports them."

The rally and protest is organized by: Make the Road Action, MPower Change, Stop Trump National Network, Showing Up For Racial Justice Action, United We Dream Action, New York Communities for Change, Muslim Democratic Club of New York, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Iraq Veterans Against the War, ICE-FREE NYC.

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