Unity is formed in “Today I am Muslim too” rally in NYC.
On Sunday afternoon, people from all over gathered in New York City, to protest President Trump’s Muslim ban.
Organized and led by the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding, thousands of individuals joined together in the “Today I am Muslim too” rally in the heart of Times Square. People there for the protest assembled from 48th street, all the way down to 52nd street, holding up many signs supporting Muslims Americans.
Chairman of the FFEU, entrepreneur and Def Jam Recordings co-founder Russell Simmons led the push for participation in the rally through social media and his Muslims Are Speaking Out Campaign, which is to raise awareness of the misconceptions of the Muslim community.
Many speakers were in attendance, such as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chelsea Clinton, actor Susan Sarandon, and civil rights advocates. All of the speakers had one common theme and message, which was the thought of unity in America with the Muslim community.
This notion is one many believe President Trump does not have, as he has made many withering comments towards the Muslim community, and his recent action of the executive order he signed in late January. The order suspended all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days, prohibited all Syrian refugees indefinitely and banned entry into the US from Muslim countries: Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Iraq, and Iran.
Despite Trump’s aggression and eagerness to remove Muslims out of the country, his order was put on hold after a federal appeals panel voted unanimously, rejecting Trump’s bid to reinstate the ban.
With the ban being lifted, certain moments such as the rally, gave the child of Muslim immigrants, Olga Turka hope for change in the future on the perception of Muslims.
“Being Muslim was never an issue, with President Obama and him being the first black president he brought all different types of people together, it is kind of sad to see with the Trump administration how everyone is becoming divided,” she said.
Turka walked around in a bright pink jacket that said, “My parents are Muslim immigrants”, while also holding up a sign that highlighted a woman in an America flag hijab, that read under the bottom “we the people are greater than fear”, believed the most essential idea of the rally was the bringing of different types of people together.
“I think it’s really important to see a camaraderie of different types of people, because I see signs of atheist, Jews, and no matter what is shown on the media, or said by Trump we really are a united nation,” Turka said.
The sense of unity and a united nation was felt throughout the rally and for that many denounced Trump’s name and his presidency.
Peter Miner, a 62 year-old white male atheist, believed America should welcome all kinds people no matter of their religion or race.
“It’s grotesque and a classic example of his bigotry,” Miner said. “I am delighted to see this many people standing up for reasoning and decency.”
Former Army veteran Jerry Hasad had some of the same thoughts when asked about President Trump and his Muslim ban.
“It’s ultimately disgusting what he’s doing to our nation and he absolutely does not know what he is doing,” Hasad said.
“Rallies like this bring people together, and people need to keep demonstrating how they feel,” he added.
The unpleasant feeling towards President Trump was certainly felt throughout the whole rally.
These thoughts will unquestionably continue as Trump’s administration is in the works of a revised executive order on immigration planning to come out this week.