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.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
New Yorkers give Trump plane tickets back to Russia as a birthday present
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.
"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.
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.