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NYC Resistance Roundup: April 14

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Rise and Resist Storms Trump Tower

Members of grassroots activist group Rise and Resist staged a protest and sit-in at Trump Tower on April 13  in support of refugees and immigrants and to denounce the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies. Participants unfurled banners in the atrium reading “No Ban”, “No Wall”, “No Raids” and dropped leaflets reading the same. Twenty-seven activists were arrested and subsequently released.

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NYC Public Advocate Leads Fox News Protest

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James led a rally outside New Corporation’s offices in Midtown Manhattan Wednesday to protest Fox News’s record of sexism and racism, as demonstrated by their continued support of prime time anchor Bill O’Reilly, who has faced repeated allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior from female colleagues at the network. James was joined by Mary Haviland, executive director of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, Katherine Siemionko, chief coordinator for the Women’s March on NYC held in January, and Dr Debbie Almontaser, President of the Muslim Community Network, among others.

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Protesters Demand Rethink On Bedford Armory Development 

NYC Democratic Socialists of America led a march to City Council member Laurie Cumbo’s offices in Fort Greene on Tuesday to protest plans to convert the Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights into luxury real estate. “Crown Heights needs REAL deeply affordable housing. We’re calling on Laurie Cumbo to stop selling off our community and make the Bedford Armory 100% affordable housing,” organizers wrote on Facebook. Developers BFC Partners have promised that 50% of the new housing units will be “affordable”, though residents doubt the costs could be met by median earners in the area.

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Antiwar Activists Protest Syria Strikes

On April 7, antiwar demonstrators rallied by the International Action Center, a New York-based activist group founded by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, gathered at Union Square in protest of President Trump’s missile strike on Syria on April 6. Demonstrators later marched to the James A. Farley Post Office Building on Eighth Avenue. Seven people were arrested during the protest and later released.

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New York Braces For Tax March 

New York activists are expected to flood the streets of Manhattan on Saturday to demand President Trump release his tax returns. The NYC Tax March is one of a series of demonstrations scheduled for April 15 – US National Tax Day – intended to shine a spotlight on the President’s refusal to disclose his personal financial information. In 2016, Trump became the first major party nominee for president not to release his tax returns since Gerald Ford in 1976.

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