Photography by Rachel Kober
New York City protestors took to the streets yesterday to voice their outrage over the attack of civil liberties by the Trump administration. The ‘Not My President’ Rally represented New York’s refutation of President Trump’s divisively un-American values. Organized by television production manager Nova Calise, the rally — which drew thousands — took place at Columbus Circle, adjacent to Trump International Hotel. “While we acknowledge that Donald Trump holds the current title, the policies he’s trying to put in place are not the beliefs shared by the majority of the people,” Calise explained.
Facing an imminent threat of state of federal funding cuts, anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, an executive order barring funds from promoting world -wide abortions, and an Islamophobic religious ban, speakers galvanized the crowd into action. John J. Kelly III demanded “a President who builds bridges instead of walls. It’s your responsibility to stand up for people who can’t stand up for themselves!” he urged. Referring to the incident when Trump openly mocked disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski, a member of Youngsters Against Trump recounted a story in which he witnessed a student mocking a disabled student. “Just where did this student get the idea to act this way?” he shouted. “We support your resistance every step of the way,” assured Daniel Kabede, head of New Castle Unites.
An array of protestors voiced their concerns — calling for a return to democratic principles.
32-year old David, a teacher, asserted, “I’m most upset about the Muslim ban. An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere. There have been many times when the LGBT community has been under threat so I want to stand with my Muslim brothers and sisters who are being attacked under this administration.”
“I feel offended that Trump doesn’t want us to be in control of our bodies. We need to be able to make decision for ourselves and not put it in control of a small group of men who have no idea what we’re going through, “ explained Lindsey, a 27-year old editor.
67-year old retiree, Greg expressed, “I’m here supporting LGBT rights. At my age, I never thought I’d be in the street marching for basic rights.”
Jane, a 13-year old student remarked, “We need to be united as one nation. We can’t be fighting against each other”
Americans demonstrated their united patriotism in other cities including Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Chicago, standing resolute in their desire for a better America.