Saturday, June 24, 2017

TransJustice: An Audre Lorde Project March to Continue the Legacy of Stonewall Resistance at the 13 Annual Trans Day of Action

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING MY WORK


New York, NY — TransJustice, a program of the Audre Lorde Project, created by and for Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color (TGNC POC), gathered Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Two Spirit organizations and allies on June 23, 2017 at Washington Square Park for the 13th Annual Trans Day of Action to build upon the legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion and draw attention to the continuing conditions faced by Trans and Gender Non Conforming People Of Color.

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

Despite the increasing interest and visibility in Trans and Gender Non Conforming issues in media and popular culture, we are still seeing unprecedented levels of violence against our communities. This year alone, 13 Trans people of color mostly trans women, were murdered. Additionally, in a recent report by the NY Anti-Violence Project, in 2015 there was a 20%  increase in report of homicides against LGBT people, 62% of the LGBT homicide victims were people of color and 67% were Trans and Gender Non Conforming.

The 2017 Trans Day of Action calls for an end to such hate violence and TGNC erasure during Pride season. The event included performances and speeches from TransJustice and local community members.

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

#AudreLordeProject #BlackTransLivesMatter #Community #EndTransphobia #Equality #GayRights #GenderEquality #GenderNonConforming #GNC #humanrights #LGBTQ #LGBTQLivesMatter #march #NewYork #NYC #PeopleOfColor #POC #PoliceAccountability #Pride2017 #rally #TDOA2017 #Trans #TransDayOfAction #Transgender #TransJustice #TransLiberation #TransLivesMatter #Transphobia #TransRights #TransWomenBelong

© Erik McGregor - erikrivas@hotmail.com - 917-225-8963

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Planned Parenthood organized #PinkOut Day to make lawmakers confront the cruelty of their health care bill

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING MY WORK


New York, NY - On June 21, 2017; Planned Parenthood organized #PinkOut Day, in an effort to make lawmakers confront the cruelty of their health care bill by turning the internet pink, and showing up in cities and towns across the country wearing pink.

Across the country Planned Parenthood held rallies against attacks on health care access. The Trump administration, Sen. Mitch McConnell and others are trying to force through a health care bill without ever letting anyone even see it. This bill could affect millions of people's access to health care, and cut people with Medicaid off from receiving services at Planned Parenthood, and we all have a right to see it. 

At the same time that Planned Parenthood is calling for the Senate to release the Senate AHCA, they're also calling on New York State Senators to pass legislation that will protect reproductive rights here in New York. Demanding that the Senate bring the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act to a vote! 

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

#ACA #Activism #AffordableCare #AffordableCareAct #AHCA #ColumbusCircle #DefendHealthcare #demonstration #DonaldTrump #DumpTrump #GOP #HealthcareForAll #humanrights #IStandWithPP #Medicaid #MedicareForAll #NewYork #NewYorkHealthAct #NYC #NYHA #Obamacare #PeacefulProtest #PeacefulResistance #PinkOut #PlannedParenthood #rally #ReproductiveRights #ResistTrump #ShowUsTheBill #SinglePayer #TrumpCabinet #TrumpCare #UniversalHeathcare #Vigil #WomenRights

© Erik McGregor - erikrivas@hotmail.com - 917-225-8963
Opposition from New Yorkers causes EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to cancel speech to far right think tank at Harvard Club

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING MY WORK


New York, NY – In response to significant opposition from Rise and Resist, Sierra Club, We Act, Food & Water Watch, 350.org, and other community leaders, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt canceled his speech to the far right think tank, the Manhattan Institute on June 21, 2017; at the Harvard Club in Manhattan. Pruitt’s cancellation is one more sign of the significant opposition to the Trump administration’s dirty budget. Local groups and community leaders continue to strongly oppose Administrator Pruitt’s goal to eliminate necessary lifesaving health and climate protections in this reckless budget.

Pruitt was scheduled to defend the Trump Administration’s budget in a speech to the Manhattan Institute at the Harvard Club. In spite of the cancellation, New York groups rallied outside of the Harvard Club to continue their demonstration of opposition to the administration’s budget that places polluter profits ahead of people’s health.

Since his confirmation as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt has continued to support his polluter allies, putting the lives of millions of Americans and our climate at risk.

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

#Activism #ClimateChange #ClimateDeniers #DefendDemocracy #demonstration #DumpTrump #environment #EnvironmentalProtectionAgency #EPA #KeepItIntheGround #NewYorkCity #NYC #PeacefulProtest #PeacefulResistance #rally #RiseAndResist #ScottPruitt #‎Solidarity #TrumpCabinet 

© Erik McGregor - erikrivas@hotmail.com - 917-225-8963
15th annual Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING MY WORK


New York, NY - The Times Square Alliance welcomed more than 12,000 yogis on June 21, 2017; for free yoga classes at the 15th annual Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga, presented by Aerie. A key theme this year for co-founders Tim Tompkins and Douglass Stewart is “Ahimsa,” a Sanskrit word ofien translated as “do no harm” or non-violence."

“The theme of Ahimsa is especially relevant as we witness new waves of anger and violence erupting around the country and around the world, including in Times Square itself just a few weeks ago," said Tim Tompkins, President of Times Square Alliance and co-founder of the event. “Even at a time when it seems impossible, one can, and should, take a moment to find harmony within their mind, body, and the world around them.”

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

“Thousands of yoga practitioners come to Summer Solstice in Times Square/Mind over Madness Yoga to cut through the noise of inner unsteadiness and outer distractions to bathe in their own deeper stillness,” said Douglass Stewart, co-founder of Solstice in Times Square.

“Aerie is so excited to sponsor this year’s Solstice in Times Square,” said Jen Foyle, Global Brand President of Aerie. “The #AerieREAL message is our commitment to empowering everyone to feel happy, healthy and confident inside and out. This event is an amazing way to share our message and empower thousands of yogis to love their REAL selves.”

Yogis of all skill levels participated in seven free yoga classes

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

#Art #excercise #fitness #meditation ‬#‎namaste‬ #NewYork #NYC #OM #outdoors #‎SolsticeTSq #TimesSquare #yoga #‎YogaDay #YogaJournal 

© Erik McGregor - erikrivas@hotmail.com - 917-225-8963

Friday, June 16, 2017

NYC Pride takes the Rally back into the streets kicking off NYC Pride 2017

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING MY WORK

New York, NY – NYC Pride is taking the Rally back into the streets. LGBT rights and human rights are under attack by the current political environment. Community activists, organizers, politicians, and more join for this unprecedented moment in our history. Taking a stand, showing up in force, and making their voices heard in this re-imagined Rally experience. 

Organized by NYC Pride, this year hosts a full calendar of official LGBT Pride events in New York City from June 16-25, 2017. With more than 2 million spectators in 2016, this year’s Pride schedule offers a wide array of events for everyone to enjoy.

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

NYC Pride March, will be held on Sunday June 25, 12pm, formation at 36th Street and 5th Ave. The world’s best-known LGBT Pride event, the 48th NYC Pride March will be led by Grand Marshals: The American Civil Liberties Union, Brooke Guinan, Krishna Stone, and Geng Le. This year’s March will also broadcast live on ABC7. 

The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, when 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. NYC Pride has continued this proud tradition by hosting the event in various locations throughout the city. 

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

#Community #DumpTrump #EndHomophobia #EndTransphobia #Equality #fabulous #GayLiberation #GayPride #GayRights #GenderEquality #humanrights #LGBTQ #LGBTQLivesMatter #march #NewYork #NYC #nycpride #PeacefulResistance #Pride2017 #rally #ResistTrump #Transgender #WeAreNotAfraid #WeAreProud

© Erik McGregor - erikrivas@hotmail.com - 917-225-8963

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

“Raise the Rainbow!” Rally and March to honor the late Gilbert Baker, LGBTQ Rainbow Flag creator

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING MY WORK

New York City - Friends of Gilbert Baker organized a rally and march in New York City’s West Village, starting at The Stonewall Inn on June 14, 2017; in memory of Gilbert Baker, creator of the Rainbow Flag, the international symbol of LGBTQ pride. The event also protest discrimination and bigotry against LGBTQ Americans that has been perpetuated by the Trump administration and the GOP. Baker died last March 31 at age 65.

This Flag Day event (also Trump’s 71st birthday), which takes place during Pride Month, began at the Stonewall Inn with a rally. Protesters then carried Baker’s hand-sewn banners, including one that reads “Don’t Buy Trump’s Lies”, and marched to Hudson River Park for the historic raising of the Rainbow Flag on a giant flagpole. 

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

There were nine speakers, one for each stripe of the Rainbow Flag, and each speech will be tied to the symbolism of the color: lavender for diversity, pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, violet for spirit.

The Trump administration and the GOP have declared war on the LGBTQ community. Gilbert Baker was a member of the Rise + Resist movement that protests the Trump agenda. Flag Day, flag maker Baker’s favorite holiday, is also the President’s birthday. On June 14, we honor Baker’s global contribution to LGBTQ unity and protest the current president’s divisiveness and anti-LGBTQ policies.

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

#Activism #banners #DonaldTrump #DumpTrump #FakePrez #GAGisWatching #GAGNY #GayLiberation #GayPride #GayRights #GaysAgainstGuns #GilbertBaker #humanrights #LGBTQ #LoveTrumpsHate #NewYorkCity #NotMyPresident #NoTrumpNYC #NotWelcome #NYC #PeacefulProtest #PeacefulResistance #pride #RainbowFlag #ResistTrump #RiseAndResist #SanctuaryCity #StopTheHate #TrumpBirthday #WeWillNotBeSilent

© Erik McGregor - erikrivas@hotmail.com - 917-225-8963
New Yorkers give Trump plane tickets back to Russia as a birthday present

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING MY WORK

New York City - On Donald J. Trump's 71st birthday, June 14, 2017; Rise and Resist presented him plane tickets back to Russia. Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered outside Trump Tower for a #SadBirthday party, celebrating the ongoing resistance to his presidency and to stand against Trump's lies, hate, and corruption.

Rise and Resist attempted to deliver the plane tickets, care of Melania Trump, at Trump Tower.

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

"Donald Trump is proposing policy after policy that will be destructive for America,” said Andy Ratto, member of Rise and Resist. “While he is in DC blowing out the candles on his cake, we'll be out in the streets saying we hope none of his wishes come true.”

The New York event is part of a national day of anti-Trump events on his birthday, including protests at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, Trump National Golf Course in Westchester County, NY, and other sites around the United States. 

Rise and Resist, formed in response to the 2016 US election, is a nonviolent direct action group made up of both new and experienced activists committed to opposing, disrupting, and defeating any government act that threatens democracy, equality, and our civil liberties. We work collaboratively, creatively, respectfully, and with all the joy we can muster for the health of the people and the planet.

Rise and Resist reject state sanctioned violence, bigotry, and systemic discrimination in all its forms, including those directed at people because of their disability, gender identity/expression, immigration status, race, religion, sex, and sexuality. Condemning all the oppressive policies that define the current government regime.

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

Rise and Resist strive to intentionally honor the complex challenges the nation faces. 

Previous Rise and Resist actions include a "cough-in" at Jean-Georges restaurant; a Medicaid block grant action at Federal Plaza; a protest at Trump Tower against the Muslim ban, the ICE raids, and the proposed border wall where 26 members were arrested; and a protest against Trump's abbreviated visit to New York City.

#Activism #DefendDemocracy #DonaldTrump #DumpTrump #FakePrez #HereToStay #humanrights #impeach #LoveTrumpsHate #MangoMussolini #MuslimBan #MuslimRights #NewYorkCity #NewYorkers #NoBan #NoHumanIsIlegal #NotMyPresident #NoTrumpNYC #NotWelcome #NoWall #NYC #PeacefulProtest #PeacefulResistance #RefugeesWelcome #refusefascism #RejectPresidentElect #ResistTrump #RiseAndResist #Russia #SadBirthday #SanctuaryCity #StopTheHate #TrumpBirthday #trumptaxes #TrumpTower

© Erik McGregor - erikrivas@hotmail.com - 917-225-8963

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Gays Against Guns and NYC LGBTQ nightlife community held a memorial rally to honor the 49 Pulse nightclub victims demanding gun control and safe spaces

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING MY WORK

NEW YORK, NY — On Monday, June 12, 2017; Gays Against Guns (G.A.G.) and partnering LGBTQ nightclubs organized a public event to mark the one-year anniversary of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub massacre, outside the Stonewall National Monument in New York City. The event memorializes the 49 victims, demands revisions to flawed gun laws, and demands that LGBTQ spaces remain safe from hate crimes and gun violence.

The Pulse Memorial Rally features appearances by Pulse survivor Keinon Carter; Lavender Light Gospel Choir; NYC Drag Queen of Soul and Kinky Boots star Crystal Demure; members of the Queer Urban Orchestra; youth acapella group Passing Notes; singers Judy Torres, Aaron Paul, Frenchie Davis, Corey Tut, and Anthony Lamont; Broadway star Felicia Finley; spoken word performers Miss Teary Man Made and Gia Man Made; dance group House of Duende; members of the Queer Urban Orchestra; and many others. 

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

49 veiled “Human Beings” memorialized the victims, each of whose name will be read by community leaders. Patrons of 30 partnering LGBTQ bars and clubs, including Henrietta Hudson, Stonewall Inn, Rockbar, Ty’s, Duplex, Hangar, Boots and Saddle, Cubbyhole, Julius, Phoenix, Nowhere, Eastern Bloc, the Monster, Therapy, Marie’s Crisis, Ninth Avenue Saloon, Metropolitan, and Club Evolution, among others, walked silently in groups to meet outside Stonewall Inn for a solemn yet ultimately celebratory event ending in a dance party with DJ's Christy Love and W. Jeremy. Afterwards, the public was invited to meet up at partnering bars throughout New York City for drink specials and community-building.

G.A.G. was formed by local LGBTQ activists after the Pulse massacre to insure that the community’s voice be heard through direct action against flawed gun legislation, and to stand up against gun violence imposed upon all marginalized communities. 

In one year, G.A.G. has established six active chapters throughout the country and received national and international attention for mounting highly visible protests, street theater, and media campaigns against NRA-linked politicians and companies like BlackRock, Reebok, FedEx, Wyndham, and Hertz.

“There's not a week that goes by where I don't grieve losing a safer space for LGBTQ+ people, especially LGBTQ+ people of color, here in Orlando,” said David Thomas Moran of GAG Orlando. “Today is not just a day of remembrance but also a call to action, to change our gun safety laws, to protect marginalized communities most targeted by gun violence.”

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

“The attack at Pulse in June 2016 and the attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina one year earlier are painful reminders that our country has a terrible problem with gun violence against minority communities,” said GAG activist Nelson Bernardo Caraballo.  “The fact that our current government is actively seeking to pass even more dangerous gun laws makes it all the more urgent that we fight for gun control and protection in our community spaces,” he said.

Gays Against Guns NY is an inclusive direct action group of LGBTQ people and their allies committed to nonviolently breaking the gun industry's chain of death—investors, manufacturers, the NRA, and politicians who block strong gun laws. We are New York-based but work with GAG chapters in other cities to ensure safety for all individuals, particularly vulnerable communities such as people of color, women, people who struggle with mental health issues, LGBTQ people, and religious minorities.

#Activism #GAG #GAGisWatching #GAGNY #GaysAgainstGuns #GunControl #GunViolence #Homophobia #HonorThemWithAction #LGBTQ #march #memorial #NewYork #NRA #NYC #Orlando #OrlandoVictims #Protest #Pulse #rally #SheridanSquare #‎Solidarity #StonewallInn #stopgunviolence #StopTheHate #Transphobia #WeAreNotAfraid #WeAreOrlando #WestVillage

© Erik McGregor - erikrivas@hotmail.com - 917-225-8963

Monday, June 12, 2017

Community residents and organizations protest outside of New York stock exchange against Ben Carson's housing cuts

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING MY WORK

New York City - On his visit to New York, Secretary Ben Carson was confronted by Community Voices Heard (CVH) protesting outside of the New York Stock Exchange on June 12,2017; in hopes that Secretary Ben Carson meet with the organizations that are affected by the HUD cut proposal.

Community Voices Heard, a community activist organization started by single mothers on public assistance in NYC more than two decades ago, was at the forefront of the #NoCuts Coalition rally, along with its allies.

If enacted, Ben Carson’s proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would put hundreds of thousands of Americans in immediate danger of losing their homes in public housing developments or privately owned buildings. Others would continue to live in unhealthy sub-par conditions because repairs would be further delayed, and critical upgrades would be cancelled for lack of funding. Such conditions include the persistent existence of mold in NYC Housing Authority apartments, which is caused by leaky roofs and faulty pipes in buildings that are 70 years old.

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

NYC neighborhoods like Red Hook, Brooklyn, will be hit extremely hard by this proposal, Jill Eisenhard, Founder and Executive Director of Red Hook Initiative (RHI), said“ The proposed HUD budget cuts will have a devastating effect on public housing residents, especially young residents seeking affordable options in New York City. The proposed rent increases will cause further burden for residents already struggling to make ends meet in unsafe and unhealthy living environments. Ben Carson should be promoting further investment in NYCHA, not less.” 

"We are in the midst of a national housing crisis, and Ben Carson wants to implement Trump's plan, which will turn our housing stock over to Wall Street: that is a disaster," said Maria Beri, member of New York Communities for Change and NYCHA resident.

"We should be clear, the result of these policies will be that people like me end up in the street, and Wall Street firms that backed Trump -- like Blackstone -- will be getting even richer. The consequences are devastating; our New York elected officials need to fight for us and against these cuts and this back-door privatization scheme."

Trump’s funding cuts will reduce Section 8 Housing Vouchers for more than 26,000 individuals, which will increase the risk of homelessness. In addition the reduction in the operating subsidies to the New York City Housing Authority. Projects likely to be scrapped include replacement of old boilers, resulting in even more breakdowns, and even more days without heat or hot water. Tenants would have to find other housing after five years. Thousands of rent-subsidy vouchers would be eliminated.

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

#AffordableForWho #AffordableHousing #BenCarson #CommunityVoicesHeard #CVHAction #displacement #Housing #HousingIsARight #HousingRights #HUD #humanrights #IncomeInequality #LowIncomeHousing #NewYork #NoCarsonNYC #NoCuts #NYC #NYCC #NYCHA #NYSE #OurCity #PeacefulProtest #PeacefulResistance #rally #ResistHere #SaveNYC #TrumpCabinet #WallStreet

© Erik McGregor - erikrivas@hotmail.com - 917-225-8963

Sunday, June 11, 2017

60th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING MY WORK


New York City - The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) is the largest demonstration of cultural pride in the nation. Now in its 60th year, the parade takes place on June 11, 2017; from 44th Street to 79th Street along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, in honor of the 3.5 million inhabitants of Puerto Rico and over 5 million people residing in the United States.

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade’s theme Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces (One Nation, Many Voices) celebrates the creativity and diversity of thought in Puerto Rico and across the diaspora. We celebrate and honor the leaders, educators, artists, and celebrities that have left a cultural footprint on this nation.

The history of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade is one of cultural resilience, pride, unity, awareness and education, rooted in the spirit of activism, freedom and justice. We are proud that such legacy remains alive and strong today, 60 years after the Parade's founders first marched in New York City to celebrate their cultural heritage and raise awareness of the presence and positive contribution of the Puerto Rican community, and also spotlight the issues that affected Puerto Ricans in New York and Puerto Rico at the time. This continues to be part of the Parade's DNA, something the current Board honors with great responsibility. The Parade Board has a proven history of embracing causes and has taken a proactive stance to bring vital issues that speak to the Puerto Rican experience across la Patria Extendida to the global stage that is Fifth Avenue. Be it taking a stance on civil and human rights for political prisoners, including Oscar López Rivera, calling for The Borinqueneers to be bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal, championing for environmental justice for Caño Martín Peña, LGBTQ rights and marriage equality, the Parade has confronted several issues and challenges.
Others include the fight for fairness, justice and representation in U.S./Puerto Rico government and economics, labor rights, the current economic crisis, the Medicaid and healthcare in Puerto Rico, among other. Our Parade has a pioneering history and legacy of championing the people’s voice and providing a platform that prompts healthy discussions and leads to positive change. This activism happens every June and year-round, as we have joined other community members in Orlando, Washington D.C. and at other locations over the past years. We will continue to do so, while still celebrating the rich cultural pride, heritage, identity and tradition, that bind us together. 

STATEMENT BY THE BOARD OF THE NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE, INC.

While we are saddened and disappointed by certain sponsors pulling out of our Parade, we respect their views and decision to do so. Equally, we respect our Parade’s mission and commitment to inclusiveness, and the responsibility of representing the broadest possible blend voices that make up the Puerto Rican community.

While we cannot predict whether other sponsors and/or organizations might choose not to join us on Fifth Avenue this year, we expect they will do so with the same level of responsibility and professionalism as JetBlue and the Yankees. This community deserves no less. We thank the thousands of individuals, elected officials and community leaders who have expressed their support for the Parade, its 2017 honoree roster, and its commitment to raise awareness about the issues that impact Puerto Ricans across the world, even if some issues might spark a conversation. 
#Boricua #BoricuaPride #ElectedOfficials #LetitiaJames #Loisaida #MayorDeBlasio #NewYork #NYC #NYCityCouncil #OneNationManyVoices #OscarLopez #OscarLopezRivera #Parade #PRParade #PuertoRicanParade #PuertoRico #PuertoRicoNoSeVende #PuertoRicoNotForSale #UnPuebloMuchasVoces

© Erik McGregor - erikrivas@hotmail.com - 917-225-8963

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Counter-Protest at March Against Sharia in support of the Muslim community

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING MY WORK


New York City - On June 10, 2017; the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) and the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) partner with other leading civil rights groups and grassroots activists to rally in support of the Muslim community, showcasing a pluralistic alternative to the white supremacist and Islamophobic  "March Against Sharia" in Foley Square.  Rather than responding to ACT for America’s hateful rhetoric, organizers hope to put forth a separate and wholly positive and pluralistic message.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today pointed to anti-Islam rallies planned nationwide on Saturday, June 10, as further evidence of the growing cooperation between white supremacist, neo-Nazi, anti-government, and Islamophobic hate groups.

CAIR said it is assisting local communities in responding to the hate rallies with peaceful educational events and activities focused on promoting mutual understanding and challenging bigotry. 

The leading sponsor of the rallies, Brigitte Gabriel’s ACT for America, has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC has named "Brigitte Gabriel" as a member of the nation's "Anti-Muslim Inner Circle."

Gabriel has argued that, “America is at stage two Islamic Cancer.” She believes “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim,” a Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States,” and that Arabs “have no soul.”

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

#Activism #AltRight #Counterprotest #DefendDemocracy #DonaldTrump #DumpTrump #FoleySquare #HateSpeech #HereToStay #humanrights #immigration #LoveTrumpsHate #MarchAgainstSharia #MuslimBan #MuslimRights #NeoNazi #news #NewYork #NewYorkCity #NoBan #NoHumanIsIlegal #NoRaids #NotMyPresident #NoWall #NYC #PeacefulProtest #PeacefulResistance #rally #RefugeesWelcome #refusefascism #RejectPresidentElect #RememberUS #resist #ResistTrump #revolution #RiseAndResist #SanctuaryCity #‎Solidarity #TravelBan #trump #TrumpCabinet #trumpvsallofus #WeWillNotBeSilent #WhiteSupremacy

© Erik McGregor - erikrivas@hotmail.com - 917-225-8963

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Die-In Against Trumpcare and For Affordable Coverage for All in New York City

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING MY WORK
 

New York - Health providers, patients, grassroots organizers, NYC Councilmember and co-founder of #GetOrganizedBK Brad Lander, NY assemblymember Richard Gottfried and concerned New York residents organized a Die-In against Trumpcare and for affordable coverage for all on June 4, 2017; at 33 Street Plaza, W. 33 St. between 7the and 8th Aves, Manhattan. People lying “dead” on the ground holding tombstones with messages such as: “Died from lack of health insurance,” “Killed by a preventable disease,” "Died. GOP plan helped the rich, not me". Protestors rally to warn US Senate of human toll of “repeal/replace” health plans 

The Die-In Against Trumpcare and For Affordable Coverage for All is one of 20 actions from Honolulu to Boston on June 4. The NYC Die-In is lynchpin of a nationwide coordinated action to say NO to GOP health care proposals. 

Patients and health professionals detailed the personal impact of GOP’s plans: ACA repeal, deep Medicaid cuts, de-funding Planned Parenthood, and pre-existing conditions exclusions. The grassroots protest calls on the Senate to abandon efforts to repeal ACA and ensure affordable health care, such as Medicare for All. 

* Simultaneous protests were held on the following States and sites  
CT: New Haven    
MA: Boston and Northampton  
MI: Brighton, Grand Haven, Kalamazoo, Selby Township , Troy 
NH: Concord NJ: Hackensack, Willingboro, and Mays Landing  
NY: Manhattan 
OH: Cincinnati  
PA: King of Prussia 
TX: Dallas (5/31) 
WA: Seattle  
WI: Racine, Appleton, and Janesville, featuring cardboard Paul Ryan 

#ACA #Activism #AffordableCare #AffordableCareAct #AHCA #DefendHealthcare #demonstration #DieIn #DieIn4TheACA #DonaldTrump #DumpTrump #Dying4Care #GetOrganizedBK #healthcare #HealthcareForAll #HealthcareIsAHumanRight #healthcareisaRIGHT #humanrights #LoveTrumpsHate #manhattan #Medicaid #MedicareForAll #NewYork #NewYorkHealthAct #NYC #NYHA #PeacefulProtest #Protest #rally #ResistTrump #SinglePayer #‎Solidarity #stopTrumpcare #tombstones #trump #TrumpCabinet #TrumpCare #UniversalHeathcare

© Erik McGregor - erikrivas@hotmail.com - 917-225-8963

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Hundreds of volunteers and gun violence survivors participated on the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Bridge March for Gun Sense, as Part of the “Wear Orange” Campaign 
  
PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING MY WORK


NEW YORK - On June 3, 2017; in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety and the Wear Orange coalition, hosted the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Bridge March for Gun Sense to honor national gun violence awareness day. Hundreds of volunteers and gun violence survivors marched across the bridge, culminating in a rally at Foley Square led by the New York chapter of Moms Demand Action and featuring Julianne Moore, chair of the Everytown Creative Council. 

Wear Orange was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago high school student killed by gunfire, whose friends decided to honor her life by wearing orange – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. This year on June 2, more than 400 influencers, corporations, mayors, partner organizations and a series of iconic landmarks across the country will participate in the Wear Orange campaign.

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

More than 250 Wear Orange events will take place across the country the weekend of June 2. Additional Wear Orange events are happening in New York in Buffalo, White Plains, Saratoga Springs, Poughkeepsie and Rochester.  

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a proclamation in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Month. New York public officials including joined the more than 100 mayors nationwide participating in the Wear Orange campaign this year. A full list of elected leaders joining the campaign can be found here. 
  
“It’s truly incredible to watch this movement grow year after year - it has morphed from a moment my friends and I dreamed up to honor Hadiya to a national movement, with events in every state,” said Nza-Ari Khepra, founder of Project Orange Tree and co-creator of Wear Orange. “I’m so grateful to the thousands of Americans who will turn out to turn their communities orange this weekend. Their passion for saving lives from gun violence inspires me to keep going and demanding change.” 
   
Last year more than 300 noteworthy individuals and organizations, including President Obama, Julianne Moore, Kim Kardashian West, Vogue and Viacom answered the call, making their support for the movement loud and clear. And across the country, nearly 250,000 people took action online and in person at events.

>>CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS<<

#Activism #BrooklynBridge #demonstration #FoleySquare #GAG #GAGisWatching #GAGNY #GaysAgainstGuns #GunControl #GunViolence #JulianneMoore #LoveTrumpsHate #MomsDemandAction #NewYorkCity #NRA #NYC #PeacefulProtest #rally #‎Solidarity #stopgunviolence #StopTheHate #WearOrange

© Erik McGregor - erikrivas@hotmail.com - 917-225-8963