Scenes from the Resistance: Rally for the Dreamers in NYC, September 9, 2017

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In repealing DACA and throwing the lives of 800,000 undocumented young people into uncertainty and fear, the cruelty of this vile and vicious administration continues. But so does the determination of those who stand against it.

Below (and above) are scenes of last weekend’s rally in front of the Trump International Hotel in New York City, organized by the volunteer movement Movimiento Cosecha. I found it extraordinarily moving to be a part of it: to witness the outpouring of support for the Dreamers, to sit for eleven minutes in tribute to the 11 million undocumented residents of the country, to stand and march, and especially to hear young DACA recipients share their heartfelt and heartbreaking stories.

One man asked us to scream, as loud as we could, then to press our fists against our stomachs as hard as we could; “That’s how I feel every day,” he said. And then he asked us to hold hands — a crowd of hand-holding strangers, a thousand-strong, momentarily reaching past our personal boundaries to realize the power of being connected, of being ONE community of Americans… if we choose to be. “My voice, your voice,” we chanted. “My family, your family. My children, your children.”

Movimiento Cosecha is continuing to organize rallies and larger actions nationwide. Please visit their website and follow them on Twitter or Facebook to see how you can help.

The fight continues.

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