Monday, November 21, 2016
Gays Against Guns protest Steve Bannon and other racist Trump appointees in front of Trump Soho Hotel
A legal, nonviolent demonstration was held in front of Trump Soho Hotel (246 Spring St.) denouncing Trump's installation of white nationalists, racists and Islamophobes in his administration--foremost Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions and Michael Flynn.
Gays Against Guns (GAG), which formed after the Orlando gun massacre in June to fight back against the NRA's lock on sensible gun laws, is expanding its reach with the moniker "GAG is Watching," meant to create public resistance to the most extreme and dangerous aspects of a Trump administration (which was made possible in part by strong support from the NRA).
The organizing group is Gays Against Guns and representatives from an array of groups and organizationally unaffiliated New Yorkers want to join the national chorus sending a message to Trump that the majority of Americans are outraged at the people with clear records of racism and hate speech he is installing in the future administration," said Gays Against Guns cofounder Kevin Hertzog. "Bannon oversaw a website that glorified the Confederate flag only a few days after a white nationalist killed black churchgoers, Sessions was blocked from a post in the 1980s because of racist remarks including joking about the KKK, and Flynn has said that it is 'rational' to fear Muslims.
"We're not so naive as to think that this protest alone is going to stop Trump from these appointments," continued Hertzog. "We're doing it in concert with protests across the nation and the world, and to show that we still have the right and the duty to publicly denounce the government-elect when it takes actions that defy the American values of tolerance, pluralism and civil rights."
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