LIVE COVERAGE World Refugee Day: Back The Ban vs March to Iftar


June 20, 2017 – 6 pm –  NYC World Refugee Day — “Stop the Refugee Ban, Save Asylum and Defend Temporary Protected Status (TPS)”

Following the SCOTUS ruling, the leftist/Islamic axis springs into action.

At 6 pm, African Communities Together (ACT) and City of Refuge Coalition partners gathered at 59th Street and 5th Avenue. Other than lots of signs (and those orange dinghies), it was low-key at this point. Voice of America did a few interviews, but the march and the Iftar, these were the main events.

6:30pm – 7:30pm: March to/ Rally at Trump World Tower and Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue)

8:30pm – 9:30pm: Interfaith Iftar* at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue)

*An Iftar is the ceremonial ‘breaking of fast’ observed by Muslims during the month of Ramadan.

Wasn’t able to follow them to the U.N. and the Iftar (I found plenty of reportage on the Iftar). Meanwhile, I focused on the preliminaries and their Signs of Love and Inclusion (unless you are Trump and company).

The orange dinghy brigade returned [waiting  in the background]

Indictments for all things Trump

Interviews with Voice of America included this familiar protestor

6:30 pm and the march to the U.N. was almost ready to go…til someone picked up those ORANGE dinghies.


Video — brief interview quotes and then the parade passes by —

The sponsors were the usual suspects

Flickr slide show



As expected, they made sure the “Iftar for infidels” would be covered – links were easy to find. Videos posted show happy infidels praying at the Iftar – in the name of PEACE – snookered into praying Islamic prayers: Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition The Interfaith Center of New York Lab/Shul Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus Jews for Racial and Economic Justice [JFREJ

The videos that reported on the Iftar – follow


We thank our faith leaders, who led us in prayer and unity on#WorldRefugeeDay #CityofRefuge.

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Photo Credits: David Moriya

African Communities Together and Audu Kadiri


“Thanks to everyone for organizing such an inspirational demonstration….The Iftar meal was delicious! —The Last Raft.

The Observer:

“The action […] condemned the administration’s efforts to bar refugees from war-torn Syria and other Muslim lands and defended Temporary Protected Status, which gives arrivals from nations enduring an armed conflict or natural disaster deportation immunity and work authorization. The march kicked off on 59th Street and Fifth Avenue and concluded […] (when) demonstrators held an interfaith iftar—the evening meal breaking the daytime fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“We are celebrating the heritage and existence of refugees in this country and throughout the world,” Fatou Waggeh, a civic organizer for African Communities Together[…] “But we’re also coming together as a community to say that we stand against the refugee ban.”

“Waggeh recalled ‘feeling very sad and depressed’ when Trump was elected in November but that she is now feeling ‘mobilized and hopeful.'”

World Refugee Day #CityOfRefuge

Watch Live: It's #WorldRefugeeDay we are here in NYC with the #CityOfRefuge coalition to end the refugee ban, protect asylum and save TPS.With African Services Committee, Arab American Association of New York, The Arab-American Family Support Center, Asian American Federation, Atlas: DIY, CAIR-New York, Catholic Charities Community Services, Democratic Socialists of America, Episcopal Migration Ministries, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, HIAS, Immigrant Defense Project, The Interfaith Center of New York, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice [JFREJ], Lab/Shul, Make the Road New York, MinKwon Center for Community Action 민권센터, MPower Change, Muslim Community Network, National Domestic Workers Alliance, The Interfaith Center of New York, Resist Here, Resist Trump New York, RUSA LGBT – Russian-Speaking American LGBT Association, Russian-Speaking Community Council of Manhattan & the Bronx, Inc. (RCCMB), Sauti Yetu Center for African Women, Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus, 32BJ SEIU, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ, NYC The New York Immigration Coalition, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, We Dream In Black – National Domestic Workers Alliance, Working Families Party, Urban Justice Center, The Workmen's Circle, Veterans for American Ideals

Posted by Working Families Party on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The DSA Immigration Justice Working Group  aka  NYC Democratic Socialists of America: 
Just remember: It’s not you. It’s Capitalism


“United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on the international community to provide support and solidarity to refugees. “We reflect on the courage of those who fled and the compassion of those who welcome them,” the Secretary-General said.”

There’s always a protest somewhere. NYC  soc/commie/progs never rest: next up, an Emergency Town Hall meeting Against the Supreme Court Decision.

[Where indicated, pictures and video property of Pamela Hall]

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