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.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY 7th District)
Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY 12th District)
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
“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