New Yorkers Rallying in Solidarity with Their Neighbors

Our new president’s policies towards immigrants has been troubling for many New Yorkers. After all, the United States is a nation of immigrants – and nowhere is that more evident than New York City. In the past month, there have been numerous rallies and marches in the city in protest against those policies. Last weekend, there was a solidarity rally in support of our Muslim neighbors, coworkers, and friends. Called I Am a Muslim Too, the rally brought together people of every race, religion, and background.

There was such a positive spirit at the rally, which took place in the streets near Times Square. I took these photos at the event, and I think they capture some of its rich diversity.





















May I just say that this rally, like the other rallies and marches I’ve attended in New York City, was such a positive, inspiring experience. New York City values its citizens’ First Amendment free speech rights, and officials regularly give out permits for rallies and other forms of protest. The mayor and several city council members actually spoke at the I Am a Muslim Too rally, emphasizing the message that this is a city that welcomes all.

17 thoughts on “New Yorkers Rallying in Solidarity with Their Neighbors

  1. Anisa

    Thanks for sharing. Happy to hear so many people went and it was an inspiring experience. It has been a very upsetting/worrying time.

    1. Thanks, Meg. Thankfully rallies like thus are protected by our First Amendment free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution, so it would be difficult for him to Crack down on them without truly undermining our whole system. The city is very supportive of free speech though – there are always police officers protecting protestors, and they always so positive towards everyone.

  2. Great pics! I read an article about how they are thinking of checking social media of Chinese visa holders when traveling into the country. My reaction was ‘Great, now they’ll even pull us aside even though I have an American passport and my family has been here 150 years.’ I’m mostly Chinese, have Scot, Swiss and Polynesian blood. This is the first time I really feel unwelcome in my own country and I’m so bitter. I know I’m not alone in my feelings. My dad raised us really patriotic. We’ve had at least 8 relatives that I know off that served from WWI to the Korean War. I feel good at the rallies and kind of flat line when I get home till the next one. I can’t believe it’s only been over a month that schmuck’s been in office.

    1. I know many people who have similar feelings, despite their families’ contributions to the United States. I find it so frustrating, but just know that many of us stand in solidarity with you as well. I am confident that we will prevail in the long term.

      1. Thanks! I admit, words of hope help. I tend to be a negative person. Vic tells me to focus on all the people protesting – there’s a lot of good out there. A good number of people we know are worried and don’t do anything, no calls no protests. It’s become hard to see those friends the same way I use to. Why complain if they won’t do anything? I’ll focus on the people fighting for good things.

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