You’re Welcome Here: New York Responds to Trump Executive Order

Packed into Battery Park, surrounded by tens of thousands of New Yorkers, I listened as Congressmen and women, community organizers, immigrants, and refugees told their stories and voiced their anger with our sitting President. In 40 degree weather, men and women of all ages, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientation stood shoulder-to-shoulder chanting words of freedom, unity, and protest. This is the America I know and love.

If there’s anything we can be thankful for of Trump in office it’s that, in just one week since being sworn in, he has united a nation around critically important issues and drove thousands to the streets – twice. He has inspired a generation to organize.

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) 11 6Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY 7th District)

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Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY 12th District) 24 14

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) 23 15

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio 26 18 25 28 29 27 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” ― Emma Lazarus