“Surrender Donald” – Gay activists rally outside Trump Tower in New York, protesting the city’s tax breaks for luxury real estate developers while thousands of people with AIDS sleep in the streets. Oct. 31, 1989
Hundreds of New Yorkers stood shoulder-to-shoulder in Brooklyn in protest of the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday that left a 32-year-old woman dead and many others injured.
The Rally for Peace & Sanity — which was organized by NY Indivisible — saw a throng of activists, politicians, and everyday New Yorkers come together on Sunday morning at Grand Army Plaza in solidarity with the anti-racism protesters who threw themselves in harm’s way at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said the Virginia rally was the largest gathering of white supremacists in the United States in decades.
With signs emblazoned with rebukes of white nationalist bigotry, those at the Brooklyn rally gathered to send a clear message to the rally attendees in Charlottesville: That racism, hate and violence had no place in their vision of America. Read more.(8/13/2017 1:50 PM)
People protest at a rally in front of the Stonewall Inn in solidarity
with immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees, and the LGBT community, Feb.
4, 2017 in New York. The demonstrators protested the policies of U.S.
President Donald Trump.
In Durham, North Carolina, Monday evening, protesters who gathered to speak about Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville surrounded a nearby Confederate statue, tying a rope around it and pulling it to the ground, the News & Observer reported. Read more (8/15/17)
A wave of anti-Muslim rallies planned for almost 30 cities across the US on Saturday by far-right activists has drawn sharp criticism from civil rights groups and inspired counter-protests nationwide.
A number of small protests took place and in many places, including New York and Chicago, a few dozen “anti-Sharia” demonstrators were outnumbered by counter-protesters.
Hundreds of counter-protesters marched through Seattle on Saturday to confront a few dozen people claiming Sharia was incompatible with western freedoms. The counter protesters banged drums, cymbals and cowbells behind a large sign saying “Seattle stands with our Muslim neighbors.” Participants chanted “No hate, no fear, Muslims are welcome here” on their way to City Hall, while a phalanx of bicycle police officers separated them from an anti-Sharia rally.
Later, Seattle police used tear gas to disperse rowdy demonstrators and made several arrests. The department said it was still reviewing how many people were arrested and what charges they might face.
Elsewhere, in St Paul in Minnesota, police made seven arrests as fights broke out during demonstrations there.
The rallies have been organized by Act for America, which claims to be protesting about human rights violations but has been deemed an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The demonstrations prompted security fears at mosques across the country and come at a time when hate crimes against Muslims are on the rise.
“The theme of today is drowning out racism,” said New York counter-protester Tony Murphy, standing next to demonstrators with colorful earplugs. “The more racists get a platform, the more people get attacked.”
New York City: Young workers protest wage theft by nonprofits, May 23, 2017.
A group of militant workers have organized a picket line outside of the Environment New York campaign’s office in midtown Manhattan. Led by a canvassing worker who had recently been fired, members of Workers World Party have joined in solidarity, citing ongoing concerns with wage violations.
Heather Morris, who canvassed for Environment New York for one week with the organization, states that the campaign failed to pay her and other staff for training hours. Environment New York claims that this was outlined in their staff’s policy; however, New York City labor law states that workers must be paid for training.
Morris was terminated without reason last Thursday, May 18th, on a day where she was complaining to other workers about how they were not being compensated for training. After she brought up these concerns with the director of the campaign, she was offered a “settlement” pay of $89.42 for 8 and a half hours worked. This still falls short of New York City’s $11 per hour minimum wage.
In addition, the terms of the “settlement” had stated that she was not allowed to discuss the situation with anyone else further or file any claims. Morris had refused to accept the settlement, stating that she needs to keep fighting to ensure other workers are paid for their training as well.
Environment New York is one of the state affiliates of Environment America, a liberal non-profit environmental advocacy organization that raises its funds through canvassing. Canvassers are expected to stop people in the streets collecting donations and petition signatures. Environment America is run by the Fund for the Public Interest, the largest fundraiser for progressive causes in the United States.
In 2009, the Fund settled a $2.15 million class-action suit alleging it subjected workers to “grueling hours without overtime pay.” In addition, canvassing employees were found to have been paid below minimum wage. In 2005, The Fund had also been found to have denied rest breaks to a worker in California. In 2012, in Portland, Oregon, the Fund has also refused to reinstate a worker who was proven to have been fired as a result of his union activism.