Last week, I joined African Communities Together, New York Immigration Coalition, and other groups in a march and rally in honor of World Refugee Day. We assembled in Bryant Park, marched to the United States Mission to the United Nations, and held a rally at nearby Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza right across the street from the Trump World Tower.
Earlier today I attended a rally in NYC‘s Times Square in support of #Fightfor15. After a few hours, we marched to the Grand Hyatt Hotel by Grand Central Station to protest Donald Trump who was attending a New York State Republican gala.
Here are some of the photos I took.
Last week I paid a visit to the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911. Hundreds of people gathered to commemorate the anniversary of this tragedy in which 146 people, mostly young immigrant women who toiled in sweatshop conditions, lost their lives.
Along with the relatives of those who had died in the fire, the event brought together union workers representing many different sectors. I saw firemen, retail workers, electric workers, restaurant workers, construction workers, and laundry workers.
A dozen or so people in the crowd carried long cardboard poles on top of which fluttered shirtwaist-style blouses. A sash was slung over each blouse and pinned into position. On the front of each sash was written the name of someone who perished in the fire that day and on the back was listed the victim’s age. Most of the ages I saw listed were in the range of 17 to 22 years old, but some were as young as 14.