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NYC Resistance Roundup: March 31

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Heritage of Pride Bows to Resistance Group Demands

After several weeks of negotiations, Heritage Pride, the organizers of New York’s Pride Parade, bowed to pressure from activist groups to feature the resistance in this year’s march. New York activist groups Gays Against Guns, and Rise and Resist petitioned the organizers to follow in the footsteps of LA Pride and allow anti-Trump protest groups to march together in the parade.


Samantha Bee Covers Rikers Debate Project

Full Frontal’s Samantha Bee visited New York to film a debate between students at the George R. Vierno Center (GRVC) and the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island. The debate, which will be featured on an upcoming episode of Full Frontal covered President Trump’s recent executive orders banning travel to the United States from six predominantly-Muslim countries.


Young People Urged to Run for Office

Run For Something (RFS), a political action group formed by Democratic Party campaign organizers, held a Facebook Live interview with the Manhattan Young Democrats Gender Equity Taskforce this week, to encourage millennials to run for office. Co-founder Amanda Litman said “We felt this was a hole that was missing in the landscape, that there wasn’t a place to go to if you were young, you were passionate, if you wanted to serve but needed help – so we decided to create it [RFS].”


Activists Organize 24-hours Of Action for Refugees

Immigrant, religious, labor, and humanitarian organizations took part in 24-hours of action this week in Downtown Manhattan, to support refugees under attack by President Trump. The activists groups held a rally in front of the Trump building at 40 Wall Street then marched to Trinity Church for an interfaith prayer service followed by a series of teach-ins and cultural jams on the premises. A number of activists stayed the night in a makeshift “Tent City” then rallied the next day at Foley Square.


Rally Held for Stonewall 4

Protesters rallied outside of City Hall at 09:00 on March 25 to support four volunteers who were arrested at the end of an LGBT solidarity rally at Stonewall several weeks ago. The group was arrested for “claiming fascism” and are now facing time in Rikers.

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