Mayor Bill de Blasio has enlisted an army of celebrities to protest with New Yorkers in the fight for human rights on the eve of Friday’s presidential inauguration.
Alec Baldwin, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore, Shailene Woodley, the Rev. Al Sharpton and thousands of New Yorkers plan to rally from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday outside Trump International Hotel & Tower in Columbus Circle.
The planned protest is meant “to send a message to President-elect Trump and Congress that New York City will protect the rights of residents and will continue to make real progress on important issues such as healthcare, climate change, social justice and immigrant rights,” an event news release said.
Although there have been a number of passionate protests in New York following the election, this one will be the first officially organized and hosted by de Blasio.
“I'm rallying at Trump Int’l Hotel at 6PM on Jan. 19 because our next president needs to hear from all NYers before he takes office. Join us,” the mayor tweeted on Monday.
“Thousands of New Yorkers are coming together to stand up for one another, as we will do every day, to protect the values we hold dear,” Mark Ruffalo added. “We are sending a message to Washington that we will fight at every step discrimination and harmful policies, today, tomorrow, and every day.”