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.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Hundreds of New Yorkers Come Together for lftar at Trump Tower during Ramadan
New York, NY - Hundreds of New Yorkers of all faiths came together in the evening of June 1, 2017; to break bread in an iftar celebration organized by the New York State immigrant Action Fund and M Power Change. The iftar is the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset, and is often shared with family and friends. Tonight’s event consisted of a short welcome, a call to prayer, breaking of the fast with dates as is customary and a halal dinner. Volunteers from Jews For Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) formed a protective barrier around people as they prayed.
Anu Joshi, deputy director of the New York State Immigrant Action Fund, commented, “New Yorkers of all stripes and faiths came out tonight to resoundly reject President Trump's many attempts to sow fear and division among our communities, and proudly stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters. This community iftar in front of Trump Tower serves as a public and direct rebuke to the divisive and hate-filled policies of the current Administration. We stand resolute in our opposition to the policies, rhetoric, and actions by this Administration that seek to vilify and otherize the Muslim community, whether in the United States or abroad. The New York State immigrant Action Fund is dedicated to holding our elected officials accountable and fighting for a country that is just and fair for all."
Mohammad Khan, Campaign Director of MPower Change, commented, “|n the spirit of Ramadan and following the tradition of Muslim communities around the world, we came together tonight as New Yorkers to break bread and build community with people from all faiths and backgrounds. While the Trump administration continues to pursue a White Nationalist agenda, bent on criminalizing and erasing people of color from public life—or in the case of Muslims, banning us altogether—we will continue to stand strong in defense of our values and strive for a society that works for all of us.”
New York State Immigrant Action Fund (Immigrant Action) is a 501(c)(4) corporation dedicated to enhancing the political power of individuals supporting immigrants and humane immigration policies, originally formed in 2009.
MPower Change is a grassroots movement rooted in diverse Muslim communities throughout the United States who are working together to build social, spiritual, racial and economic justice for all people.