Erik McGregor is a New York City based artist, photographer and activist. Erik is a member of the People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street and co-writer of the Occupy Wall Street’s Declaration of the Occupation of New York City. As a published freelance photographer, he has documented activist groups actions in NYC since 2011.
New York City—Dozens of activists unfurled anti-Trump banners inside Trump Tower in New York City on April 13, 207; to show support for refugees, immigrants, and their families across the country, and to protest the administration’s immigration policies. The action was followed by a sit in at the atriun in front of the elevators resulting on the arrest of 27
Large banners displaying the messages ‘No Ban’, ‘No Wall’, and ‘No Raids’ were hung from the second tier of the atrium to draw attention to Trump’s recent implementation of a six-country travel ban, his proposed wall on the Mexican border, and the aggressive escalation of raids and detentions of undocumented immigrants. Protestors also acted as a ‘tour group,’ whose guide informed passersby of actions taken against immigrants since Trump’s inauguration.
“My grandparents, who fled Eastern Europe looking for both religious freedom and economic opportunity, taught me to respect all people regardless of their race, nationality, or religion,” said Jamie Bauer, one of protest’s organizers. “I’m honoring today them by saying loud and clear that all immigrants are welcome in the United States.”
Since the inauguration, hate crimes against Latinos have spiked across the nation and many of the undocumented live in fear—even those who have begun the naturalization process to becoming U.S citizens. While Mexicans continue to protest along the proposed site of the wall, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reaffirmed this week that the Republican-led Congress plans to fund the project.
“We oppose and reject the Trump Administration's hateful policies towards immigrants and refugees,” said protestor Alexis Danzig, “specifically those targeting Muslim-majority countries named by Trump's Islamophobic ban, and policies directed towards the people of South and Central America.”
The Trump Tower action was implemented by an affinity group of Rise and Resist, a diverse group of new and experienced activists committed to opposing, disrupting, and defeating any government act that threatens democracy, equality, and our civil liberties.