Thousands of protesters targeted Trump buildings in New York and Chicago on Wednesday, chanting anti-Trump slogans as protests against President-elect Donald Trump popped up throughout the United States.
In Austin, Texas, protesters blocked a highway. Students burned a flag on the campus of American University in Washington, and they walked out of class in high schools and colleges across the country the day after the presidential election.
“Not my president, not today,” was a chant heard at protests from Boston to Los Angeles.
In downtown Los Angeles, high school students crowded the steps of City Hall on Wednesday afternoon. Protester Brooklyn White was holding a sign that said “Hate won’t win.” The 18 year old voted for Hillary Clinton and was disappointed.
“We can’t let it stop us. If he’s the president then fine, but if Donald Trump is gonna be it then he has to listen,” she said.
Pop star Lady Gaga, a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter who had performed at the Democratic candidate’s final rally in North Carolina, stood atop a sanitation truck outside Trump Tower in New York, brandishing a sign that read: “Love trumps hate.”
Brooklyn, NYC: Justice for Sandra Bland and other Black Women Killed by Police, July 13, 2016.
More than 700 people gathered in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and marched to honor the lives of Sandra Bland and other Black women killed by the police on the anniversary of Sandra Bland’s death. Family members of Kyam Livingston and Shantel Davis called for justice, and the people took over Flatbush Avenue and marched in their name.
This Brooklyn bar is protesting income inequality by charging women only 77% of their tab.
On Tuesday, July 7 (or 7/7), Prospect Heights’ Doctor Who-themed bar the Way Station will protest against income inequality between the sexes by charging all female patrons just 77% of their total bar tab. In an email message provided to DNAinfo, the bar’s owners wrote that the gender pay gap is “some shameful shit” — it’s also all too real.
Brooklyn anti-gentrification protester in downtown Brooklyn. Too many working class people are being pushed out of their homes and are being replaced by luxury buildings and venues. Brooklyn has undergone radical changes and many people of color, immigrants, and the poor can no longer afford to live in their homes.
The brief friendship of Malcolm X and Yuri Kochiyama began close to 50 years ago with a handshake.
Diane Fujino, chairwoman of the Asian-American studies department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, details the moment in her biography Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama.
Kochiyama and her eldest son, 16-year-old Billy, were arrested along with hundreds of other people, mainly African-Americans, during a protest in Brooklyn, N.Y., in October 1963.
“[They were] in this packed courthouse,” Fujino says. “[There were] a lot of activists who [were] waiting their hearing on the civil disobedience charges.”
In walks Malcolm X, who was quickly mobbed by adoring activists.
Kochiyama described the scene in a Democracy Now! interview in 2008. “I felt so bad that I wasn’t black, that this should be just a black thing,” she recalled. “But the more I see them all so happily shaking his hands and Malcolm so happy, I said, ‘Gosh, darn it! I’m going to try to meet him somehow.’ ”
Brooklyn, NYC: White supremacists attack flag burning in Ft. Greene Park, July 2, 2015.
“The point we intended to make was proved twice over: Firstly, we did exactly what we said we would, and burned both racist flags, American and Confederate. Secondly, and most importantly, it was the police themselves who demonstrated the correspondence between the Stars and Stripes and the rebel flag of Dixie by openly aiding and abetting armed and violent racists as they attempted to attack our rally. After being given a plainly visible go-ahead from the NYPD, white supremacists with knives, bikers with hammers, and a motley assortment of various other extreme nationalists were turned loose like dogs. What occurred yesterday was the clearest display of the patriotism that we are determined to fight against. We can also confidently say that this reaction by the police and by the far right in America has shown without a shadow of a doubt that our struggle against white supremacy is reaching a fever pitch.
“The glaring double standard that took place yesterday looks all the more hypocritical upon recalling the arrest of a CUNY professor for allegedly possessing a bag of hammers during the wave of Black Lives Matter protests in late 2014. The NYPD paraded the “evidence” around their press conference as if they had found a smoking gun, even though they were forced to admit there was no real incident. The ensuing media storm worked the city into an uproar over what was, in actuality, a non-event. Nevertheless, far right counter-protestors, flanked on all sides by rungs of NYPD officers, were permitted to openly and menacingly brandish hammers in public in Fort Greene Park. As vile racist epithets rang from the mob, the charge was led by the Hallowed Sons motorcycle club, which is primarily composed of former and off-duty police officers. As the green Iron Cross on their leather jackets indicated, those who don Nazi regalia are more than willing to stage another Draft Riot in the same way that Dylan Roof acted on the ideology of the insignia that he wore.
“Despite the aggressive resistance put up by DeBlasio and Bratton’s armed foot soldiers, we still burned several flags like we promised we would. It may seem like a small gesture given that the far right in America is massacring black churchgoers and burning their houses of worship to the ground. However, yesterday’s events concretely communicated our message by revealing the racist violence and terror that is symbolized by both the American and the Confederate flags. Whereas the former is usually taken to stand for freedom and latter for oppression, the crushing weight of the past and the battles to be fought in the future will soon expose how the colors stained into each banner have bled into one another. We at Disarm NYPD are committed to the creation of a new and humane world. It is a world where what is represented by both flags will one day become a distant and horrifying memory.”