‘No to Trump,’ #GOPHandsOffMe, prayers and vigils planned across New York – Metro US

‘No to Trump,’ #GOPHandsOffMe, prayers and vigils planned across New York

After nearly two years of controversial campaigning, countless protests and seemingly endless division, Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States.

While many Americans are either celebrating the win or reeling at its results, some still have some fight left in them — or at least a protest.
There are multiple protests planned throughout New York City. Here are some of today’s events:
Who: New York chapter of Socialist Alternative
What: protest
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where:Union Square Parkat the corner of Park Avenue South and East 17th Street
Other details:
Organizers plan to march toward Trump Towers.
“I think everyone is shocked at these results, and what Socialist Alternative wants to do tonight is try to organize to build a wall around Trump’s bigoted agenda,” organizer Daniel Kroop said. “We need to fight back against this racism, sexism and Islamophobia.”
The event aims to “build a new party of the 99 [percent]” that focuses on health care funding, free college, immigration, Black Lives Matter, rape culture, the Dakota Access Pipeline and more, the group wrote on Facebook. About 800 people RSVP’d to attend the event around 8:30 a.m.; by 12:30, that number had grown to 6,000.
“There‘s a clear mood to unite and fight back,” Kroop said of the growing number of expected attendees. “The Democrats played a dangerous game, and they lost. We need to live up to what this moment demands of us, to be ready to fight and stand in solidarity.”
What: protest
When: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Columbus Circle
Other details:
This event reached 2.2 thousand interested and 929 RSVPs as of 3:30 p.m.
“Say no to racism, sexism, and war! We need unity and solidarity to advance the interests of working people, not racist demagogues,” the event’s Facebook page said.
There are other “emergency protests” scheduled around the country and posted on Answer Coalition’s Facebook coalition.

Who: One NYC Quaker
What: silent vigil in support of Muslim Americans
When: 4 p.m.
Where:Stuyvesant Square, Second Avenue at 15th Street
Other details:
@NYCityQuakeris spreading the word on Twitter and, according to the account, you don’t have to be a Quaker to participate.

If you can’t make the vigil, the group is opening its doors later for people to digest the election news and recover from “our national shock.”


Who: #GOPHandsOffMe
What: call to action
When: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: Columbus Circle, W. 59th St. (by the USS Maine monument at the entrance to Central Park)
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“We stand together against misogyny, racism, Islamaphobia and anti-immigrant sentiment,” the event’s Facebook page reads. “We stand together with solidarity, unity and resolve.

“This election was never about getting one woman a new job. This election was about us. About our lives – Black lives, women’s lives, immigrant lives, the lives of LGBTQ folks, ending Islamaphobia, and advancing our #Vision4BlackLives.”

There will be a similar protest at City Hall in Philadelphia on Thursday.


Who: All Saints’ Episcopal Church
What: evening prayer and town hall
When: 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: 286 7th Ave., Brooklyn
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“In his campaign, our next president advocated discrimination based on religion,” according to the event’s Facebook page. “While we may agree or disagree with many things he has said, Christians cannot abide this intolerance and must ensure it never has an official place in this country.

“Our spiritual forebears were persecuted by their government, and Jesus himself was executed by the state. We have a sacred obligation to uphold the safety and freedom of our neighbors to believe and worship as they will.”


Who: Kolot Chayeinu
What: gathering for “prayer and song, silence and hope”
When: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Kolot, 1012 8th Ave., Brooklyn
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Who:MoveOn members and allies
What: peaceful gathering
When: 5 p.m.
Where:Carroll Park (Carroll and Smith streets), Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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“We will affirm our continued rejection of Donald Trump’s bigotry, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and misogyny, and we will demonstrate our resolve to fight together for the America we still believe is possible,” the group said on its website.

“Let’s meet in Carroll Park at 5pm with a candle to cry, be together and stand united in love and a commitment to doing everything to make this world a better place.”

Kimberly M. Aquilina contributed to this report.

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