Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps in the United States of America.

Saturday, July 13, 2019. New York City – People gathered at Foley Square Park in Manhattan, yesterday, Friday, July 12, 2019, to demand action from Congress to end concentration camps in the United States of America and impeach President Donald Trump.

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Organizers said on their website www.LightsForLiberty.org, “On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants.

Key events are planned in El Paso, Texas, where migrants are being housed in outdoor conditions under a bridge with no running water for months at a time; Homestead, FL, at a migrant child detention facility that has caused mass abuse and neglect; in San Diego, near the point of entry site from Tijuana; in New York City, at Foley Square, where hundreds of migrants are processed through detention a day; and in Washington, DC, in Lafayette Park, to demand action from Congress to end concentration camps and impeach the President. Legislators, activists, organizers, and members of impacted communities will speak prior to the candlelight vigil.

Across this country, we have witnessed acts against people fleeing persecution many of us thought we would never see in modern times.

At Trump’s concentration camps, teen mothers and babies are held outdoors in “dog pounds.” We have witnessed the sick and elderly confined to “icebox” rooms for weeks at a time. Unbelievably, children as young as 4 months are taken from their parents, medicine is confiscated, and medical care withheld, and LGBTQ and disabled individuals are held in solitary confinement.

“The Trump administration’s immigration policies and detention camps meet the United Nations’ definition of genocide and crimes against humanity,” said Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, lawyer, activist and organizer. “Congress is refusing to stop the president and his policies. We cannot allow these atrocities to be perpetrated in our name.”

Perhaps most terrifying, refugees are beginning to be moved onto military grounds, where there will be a lack of oversight from the media, lawyers, and human rights monitors.

“Now is the time for every person to stand up and say, ‘We will not accept this!’ No more hesitating. No more denial. No more fear. We need to be bold, and loud, and unrelenting. That’s the only way we can stop this,” said Kristin Mink, activist and organizer.”

Randi Weingarten, President of American Federation of Teachers, said: “We are teachers, nurses and others who work to help others every day. What the United States is doing at our southern border in these detention camps is an abomination to the soul of our country and is contrary to everything we do. In the aftermath of World War II, ‘never again’ was meant to mean never again. America led the world in the fight against human rights abuses. Now, these abuses are perpetrated by our own president on the southern border. Silence is not an option.”

Weingarten continued: “The Lights for Liberty vigil is showing it’s possible to resist the administration’s human rights abuses and point a path forward to a brighter, more just, future that honors the values that this country and the international community were founded on.”

“Every day, my loved ones, my family, my friends and I live in fear of my imminent deportation. Millions of immigrants live under this terror because of the hatred and racism of this administration. These policies are designed to target people of color and to ensure they are deported. It is heartening that so many cities, countries and people are taking part in Lights for Liberty to show that they care and are ready to stand up to hatred,” said Ravi Raghbir, undocumented person and Executive Director of New Sanctuary Coalition.

Friday, July 12, 2019. New York City - People gathered at Foley Square Park in Manhattan on Friday, July 12, 2019, to demand action from Congress to end concentration camps in the United States of America and impeach President Donald Trump. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Friday, July 12, 2019. New York City – People gathered at Foley Square Park in Manhattan on Friday, July 12, 2019, to demand action from Congress to end concentration camps in the United States of America and impeach President Donald Trump. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

The Guardian writes that “US immigration officials have said immigration raids targeting thousands of families will take place in major cities across the United States starting on Sunday – less than a month after delaying a similar operation.

Such a move could see parents separated from US citizen children, more detained families and has already sparked a legal challenge.

Department of Homeland Security officials from the Trump administration, speaking anonymously, told newspapers that details of the raids had not been finalized, but would probably begin on Sunday in at least 10 major cities.

The raids would target at least 2,000 immigrants who have been ordered deported and crossed the border recently, though other undocumented people could also be arrested if the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) agency intercepts them, according to the New York Times.”

Friday, July 12, 2019. New York City - People gathered at Foley Square Park in Manhattan on Friday, July 12, 2019, to demand action from Congress to end concentration camps in the United States of America and impeach President Donald Trump. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Friday, July 12, 2019. New York City – People gathered at Foley Square Park in Manhattan on Friday, July 12, 2019, to demand action from Congress to end concentration camps in the United States of America and impeach President Donald Trump. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

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New York City Pride March – WorldPride NYC – Stonewall50. 6/30/2019.

Monday, July 1, 2019. New York City – The NYC Pride March was yesterday, Sunday, June 30th, 2019. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion was on Friday, June 28th, 2019. People from around the world came to New York City to celebrate.

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Sunday, June 30th, 2019. New York City - Mexican women with the Mexican flag at the NYC Pride March. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion was on Friday, June 28th, 2019. People from around the world came to New York City to celebrate.
Sunday, June 30th, 2019. New York City – Mexican women with the Mexican flag at the NYC Pride March. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion was on Friday, June 28th, 2019. People from around the world came to New York City to celebrate.

Organizers say on their website www.NYCPride.org, “The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.

The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2018, we were joined by over 550 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 100 floats making the trek along the route, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history.

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Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019

“Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019, held in June of 2019, is a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots and WorldPride 2019, with related events in Manhattan, across New York City, New York State, and throughout the world. The 2019 festival is the first time WorldPride, the annual global LGBTQ pride event, is being held in the United States. The theme of the celebration and educational events is, “One World, One Pride, One New York City – Unite in 2019.”

The Stonewall uprising of June 1969 was a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community in Greenwich Village, New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall Inn, local street kids from the surrounding area, and members of the community who came from neighboring gay bars, fought back against an early morning police raid, refusing to be arrested for simply patronizing a gay bar and being out in public. The Stonewall rebellion is widely considered to be one of the most important events, and by many the most important event, leading to the gay liberation movement, and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

The events were held throughout June, which is traditionally Pride month in New York City and worldwide, under the auspices of the annual NYC Pride March. Organizers are planning for Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019 to be the largest international LGBTQ event in history, and are expecting as many as four million people to attend in Manhattan alone. Currently, the NYC Pride March rivals the São Paulo LGBTQ Pride Parade as the world’s largest LGBTQ event with over three million people.”_Wikipedia.org

WorldPride

“WorldPride, licensed by InterPride and organized by one of its members, is an event that promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT pride) issues on an international level through parades, festivals and other cultural activities. The inaugural WorldPride was held in Rome in 2000. The host cities are selected by InterPride, an international association of pride coordinators, at its annual general meeting.

On October 18, 2015, InterPride accepted a bid from Heritage of Pride, Inc. to host WorldPride NYC 2019 in New York City. The event will be held in conjunction with Stonewall 50, a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising of June 28, 1969, which occurred in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood and is widely considered to mark the start of the modern Gay Rights Movement (now more commonly referred to as the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights) in the United States. As of today, many of the standard New York City Pride events have been announced for WorldPride 2019, including The March, PrideFest, Pride Island, The Rally, Femme Fatale, and Fantasy. New events have been added to commemorate Stonewall 50. Many additional themed events and tours are also in the works such as Prom the Musical which will be on Broadway in New York City’s famous Theater District. Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019 announced their theme, One World, One Pride, One New York City – Unite in 2019.”_Wikipedia.org

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Sunday, June 30th, 2019. New York City - Woman wearing a beautiful costume at the NYC Pride March. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion was on Friday, June 28th, 2019. People from around the world came to New York City to celebrate. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Sunday, June 30th, 2019. New York City – Woman wearing a beautiful costume at the NYC Pride March. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion was on Friday, June 28th, 2019. People from around the world came to New York City to celebrate.

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1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival 2019.

Monday, June 24, 2019. New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was Yesterday, Sunday, June 23, 2019. People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.

The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Congresswoman for New York’s 14th congressional district: Bronx – Queens, was one of the speakers. AOC (often referred to by her initials) marched from 161st Street and Grand Concourse to 149th Street and 3rd Ave.

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Organizers said: “The 1 Bronx World Pride promotes inclusion, community, and dialogue and works toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. We do this by producing Pride events that inspire, educate, and celebrate our diverse Bronx community. The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival brings together over 20,000 Bronxites working toward a more inclusive future for our community.”

New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was Yesterday, Sunday, June 23, 2019. People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.  The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. After the rally people marched the festival at 149th Street and 3rd Ave.  This handsome Latino man was one of the attendees who came to celebrate Bronx World Pride.
New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was Yesterday, Sunday, June 23, 2019. People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. After the rally people marched the festival at 149th Street and 3rd Ave. This handsome Latino man was one of the attendees who came to celebrate Bronx World Pride.

“The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City, in the U.S. state of New York. It is south of Westchester County; northeast and east of Manhattan, across the Harlem River; and north of Queens, across the East River. Since 1914, the borough has had the same boundaries as Bronx County, the third-most densely populated county in the United States.

The Bronx is divided by the Bronx River into a hillier section in the west, and a flatter eastern section. East and west street names are divided by Jerome Avenue. The West Bronx was annexed to New York City in 1874, and the areas east of the Bronx River in 1895. Bronx County was separated from New York County in 1914. About a quarter of the Bronx’s area is open space, including Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Bronx Zoo in the borough’s north and center. These open spaces are situated primarily on land deliberately reserved in the late 19th century as urban development progressed north and east from Manhattan.

The name Bronx originated with Swedish-born Jonas Bronck, who established the first settlement in the area as part of the New Netherland colony in 1639. The native Lenape were displaced after 1643 by settlers. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Bronx received many immigrant and migrant groups as it was transformed into an urban community, first from various European countries (particularly Ireland, Germany, and Italy) and later from the Caribbean region (particularly Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic), as well as African American migrants from the southern United States. This cultural mix has made The Bronx a wellspring of Latin music, hip hop and rock.”_Wikipedia.org

New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was Yesterday, Sunday, June 23, 2019. People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Congresswoman for New York’s 14th congressional district: Bronx – Queens, was one of the speakers. AOC (often referred to by her initials) marched from 161st Street and Grand Concourse to 149th Street and 3rd Ave.
New York City – The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was Yesterday, Sunday, June 23, 2019. People celebrated Bronx World Pride, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. The rally was at 161st Street and Grand Concourse. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Congresswoman for New York’s 14th congressional district: Bronx – Queens, was one of the speakers. AOC (often referred to by her initials) marched from 161st Street and Grand Concourse to 149th Street and 3rd Ave.

On Saturday, June 8th, 2019, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March.

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Brooklyn Pride is the only New York City night time parade/march. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com.

Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City - Man and his dog at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City – Man and his dog at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

THE 15TH ANNUAL TRANS DAY OF ACTION will be on Friday, June 28, 2019. The rally starts at 4 PM. March Kick-Off at 5:00 PM from Washington Square Park Garibaldi Plaza.

Organizers say on their website alp.org, “Bring your rattles, maracas, and revolutionary spirit! We will take up time and space together in a rally and march for gender liberation. Join TransJustice in uplifting our New York City Communities of Color as we champion policy goals for advancing housing equity for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming in New York City.”

Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City - Man wearing a beautiful costume at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City – Man wearing a beautiful costume at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

Harlem Pride is on Saturday, June 29, 2019. 12:00PM – 6:00PM. 12th Avenue and West 135th Street.

Organizers say on their website www.HarlemPride.org, “It’s 2019 and we are celebrating several things this year. First of all, 2019 marks our Harlem Pride 10th Anniversary. It’s also the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance and on top of that we’ll celebrate World Pride coming to NYC and Harlem as well as the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. This month we’re expecting over 20,000 attendees who will visit Harlem to participate in our festivities. We look forward to hosting each one of them and we hope you’ll join us!”

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Caribbean Black man with a beautiful costume. Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Caribbean Black man with a beautiful costume.

The 27th Annual NYC Dyke March will be on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 5PM. Meet at Bryant Park, corner of 6th Ave and 42nd Street. The culmination of the protest will be in Washington Square Park.

Organizers say on their website nycdykemarch.com, “The New York City Dyke March is a protest march, not a parade.

The March is a demonstration of our First Amendment right to protest and takes place without permits or sponsors. We recognize that we must organize among ourselves to fight for our rights, safety, and visibility.”

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.” Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.”

On Sunday, June 30th is the Queer Liberation March and Pride March in Manhattan. People will celebrate Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.

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Organizers of the Queer Liberation March say on their website reclaimpridenyc.org, “The Queer Liberation March is a people’s political march—no corporate floats, and no police in our march. Please see our statement on Why We March. We honor the powerful legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion by highlighting the most marginalized members of our community, as we commit to addressing the ongoing struggles that we face.

Retracing the steps of the original Christopher Street Liberation Day March of 1970, the Reclaim Pride Coalition will gather in Sheridan Square, march all the way up 6th Avenue, and end with a rally in Central Park’s Great Lawn.”

Organizers of the Pride March in Manhattan say on their website NYCPride.org, “The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.

The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2018, we were joined by over 550 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 100 floats making the trek along the route, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history.”

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Semi nude man. His sign says: "LOVE." Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. The sign of this semi-nude man says: “LOVE.”

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Rally for elephant Happy’s Freedom in front of the Bronx Zoo. Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Bronx, New York City. Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – On Saturday, June 1, 2019, there was a rally in support of Happy’s freedom in front of the Bronx Zoo. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo.

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The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. Activists called for recognition of Happy’s fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals.

Bronx, New York City. Saturday, June 1, 2019 - Rally in support of Happy's freedom. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo. The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. Activists called for recognition of Happy's fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Bronx, New York City. Saturday, June 1, 2019 – Rally in support of Happy’s freedom. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo. The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. Activists called for recognition of Happy’s fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

The Nonhuman Rights Project, the organizers said on Facebook before the event: “Please join the Nonhuman Rights Project on June 1st as we rally in support of freedom for our elephant client Happy, a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo.

We will be joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund as we call for recognition of Happy’s fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary.

During the rally, NhRP attorneys and staff will give updates on our litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Representatives from supporting organizations will also speak about the work they are doing on behalf of nonhuman animals.

We’ll provide signs for attendees but feel free to bring your own. Please remember that this is a peaceful and respectful demonstration. This is an event where we band together to advocate for the end of Happy’s imprisonment.

INFORMATION ON HAPPY AND NHRP’S LITIGATION

With the NhRP’s landmark elephant rights litigation on Happy’s behalf headed to Bronx County, home of the Bronx Zoo, we are calling for recognition of Happy’s right to liberty and her release to an elephant sanctuary.

As we have argued in court with the support of world-renowned elephant experts, elephants are autonomous beings who suffer deeply when deprived of their freedom and prevented from interacting with other elephants (https://www.nonhumanrights.org/client-happy/). Thirteen years after the Bronx Zoo and the entity that operates it, the Wildlife Conservation Society, acknowledged it would be “inhumane to sustain an exhibit with a single elephant,” Happy still spends every day alone. In the winter months, she lives in a cage in a holding facility (https://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/07/nyregion/bronx-zoo-plans-to-endelephant-exhibit.html).

Happy is the first elephant in the world to demonstrate self-awareness via the mirror self-recognition test (https://www.livescience.com/4272-elephant-awareness-mirrors-humans.html). In December of 2018, two months after the NhRP filed a habeas corpus petition on her behalf, she became the first elephant in the world to have a habeas corpus hearing to determine the lawfulness of her imprisonment (https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/12/happy-elephant-personhood/578818/). Happy’s court case is ongoing, and we hope the Bronx County Supreme Court will promptly order a hearing to consider the injustice being visited on her as an imprisoned autonomous being.

In February, the Orleans County Supreme Court decided to transfer Happy’s case to Bronx County, which we continue to view as a serious legal error; we make clear in our court filings that, according to New York habeas corpus procedure, we had the right to file in any county in the state and that we filed suit in Orleans County because the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department of which the Supreme Court is a part had correctly rejected tying legal personhood to being human.

In April, the Fourth Judicial Department denied appellate review on the issue of venue in Happy’s case, meaning the transfer will move forward and the ball is now in the Bronx County Supreme Court.

As with all our clients, we are fully confident in the justice of our arguments and prepared to continue the fight for Happy’s right to liberty and her release to a sanctuary wherever it takes us.

Whether through litigation or mounting public pressure, the Bronx Zoo must do the right thing for Happy and release her to one of the two operational sanctuaries in the US: the Performing Animal Welfare Society or the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

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Bronx, New York City. Saturday, June 1, 2019 - Rally in support of Happy's freedom. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo. The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. Activists called for recognition of Happy's fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Bronx, New York City. Saturday, June 1, 2019 – Rally in support of Happy’s freedom. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo. The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. Activists called for recognition of Happy’s fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

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High court judges in Botswana have ruled that laws criminalizing LGBTQ+ people are unconstitutional.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019. New York City – Victory for the LGBTQ+ community in Botswana after judges rule laws are unconstitutional.

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.” Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.” Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com

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High court judges in Botswana ruled that laws criminalizing same-sex relations are unconstitutional and should be struck down. Homosexuality is illegal in most countries in the African continent. In some countries, LGBTQ+ people face life imprisonment or the death penalty. LGBTQ+ people in many countries face persecution, forcing them into hiding.

“Human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized. Sexual orientation is not a fashion statement. It is an important attribute of one’s personality. A democratic nation is one that embraces tolerance, diversity, and open-mindedness … societal inclusion is central to ending poverty and fostering shared prosperity … The state cannot be a sheriff in people’s bedrooms.” _Justice Michael Leburu

“This is a historic ruling for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Botswana. It restores privacy, respect and dignity to the country’s LGBT people, and it is a day to celebrate pride, compassion and love.”_Gunilla Carlsson, executive director of UNAids.

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Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City - Man wearing a beautiful costume at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
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Brooklyn Pride Parade/March 2019.

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The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival was today.
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Sunday, June 9th, 2019. New York City – On Saturday, June 8th, 2019, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March.

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This is the only New York City night time parade/march. The parade started at Lincoln Place and 5th Ave and ended at 9th Street and 5th Avenue.

Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution.

Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City -  Man wearing a beautiful costume at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution.  Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City – Man wearing a beautiful costume at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

The 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival will be on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019. Rally/March: 161st and Grand Concourse. Festival: 149th Street and Third Avenue.

Organizers say: “The 1 Bronx World Pride Festival promotes inclusion, community, and dialogue and works toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. We do this by producing Pride events that inspire, educate, and celebrate our diverse Bronx community.

Celebrate our diversity together with the 1 Bronx World Pride Rally, March and Festival, bringing together over 20,000 Bronxites working toward a more inclusive future for our community.”

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Caribbean Black man with a beautiful costume. Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Caribbean Black man with a beautiful costume. Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com

The 27th Annual NYC Dyke March will be on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 5PM. Meet at Bryant Park, corner of 6th Ave and 42nd Street. The culmination of the protest will be in Washington Square Park.

Organizers say on their website nycdykemarch.com, “The New York City Dyke March is a protest march, not a parade.

The March is a demonstration of our First Amendment right to protest and takes place without permits or sponsors. We recognize that we must organize among ourselves to fight for our rights, safety, and visibility.

Thousands of Dykes take the streets each year in celebration of our beautiful and diverse Dyke lives, to highlight the presence of Dykes within our community, and in protest of the discrimination, harassment, and violence we face in schools, on the job, and in our communities.

Any person who identifies as a dyke is welcome to march regardless of gender expression or identity, sex assigned at birth, sexual orientation, race, age, political affiliation, religious identity, ability, class, or immigration status.

We ask that our allies respect the march as a space for self identified dykes by supporting us from the sidewalks, or by celebrating with us at the culmination of our protest in Washington Square Park.”

6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.” Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Cynthia Nixon and people watching the March. People were very happy to see her. Cynthia is a “Lifelong New Yorker, actor, and progressive advocate running for governor to fight for a better, more fair New York.” Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com

On June 30th is the #PrideMarch in Manhattan. This year there will be a #QueerLiberationMarch and rally on the same day.

Organizers of the Pride March in Manhattan say on their website NYCPride.org, “The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.

The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2018, we were joined by over 550 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 100 floats making the trek along the route, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history.

MEET OUR 2019 LGBTQIA+ NYC PRIDE MARCH GRAND MARSHALS

POSE is a dance musical, set in the 1980s, that explores the juxtaposition of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the Trump era, and the downtown social and literary scene. Cast members Dominique Jackson (Elektra), Indya Moore (Angel), and MJ Rodriguez (Blanca) will represent the show.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is the nucleus of the award-winning celebration and protest that is UK Black Pride.

Gay Liberation Front was the very first LGBTQ activist organization formed after the Stonewall Rebellion.

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people.

Monica Helms is a transgender activist, author, and veteran of the United States Navy, having served on two submarines. She is also the creator of the Transgender Pride Flag, in 1999, and subsequently donated the original flag to the Smithsonian Institution in 2014.”

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6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Semi nude man. His sign says: "LOVE." Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com
6/24/2018. New York City – The NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Semi nude man. His sign says: “LOVE.” Photo by Javier Soriano/LoveIsAmor.com

Organizers of the Queer Liberation March say on their website reclaimpridenyc.org, “The Queer Liberation March is a people’s political march—no corporate floats, and no police in our march. Please see our statement on Why We March. We honor the powerful legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion by highlighting the most marginalized members of our community, as we commit to addressing the ongoing struggles that we face.

Retracing the steps of the original Christopher Street Liberation Day March of 1970, the Reclaim Pride Coalition will gather in Sheridan Square, march all the way up 6th Avenue, and end with a rally in Central Park’s Great Lawn.

Everyone is welcome to join the march at any point. No pre-registration or wristbands are required.

We will gather on 7th Ave south of Christopher Street before stepping off at 9:30am.

We will march one block up 7th Avenue, take a right on West 10th Street over to 6th Avenue and then all the way up 6th Avenue into Central Park.

There will be a midpoint gathering in Bryant Park at 11am where we encourage folks who cannot make the early step off to join the march.

You can join the march at any point by stepping off of the sidewalks into the streets anywhere north of West 23rd Street on 6th Ave. (Below this point it might not be possible due to street blocking for the HOP Pride Parade).

The march will end with a Rally in Central Park’s Great Lawn with disability access on the corner of East 85th Street & 5th Ave. You are welcome to join us here.”

Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City - Man and his dog at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Brooklyn, New York City – Man and his dog at the Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. This year, Brooklyn celebrated the 23rd Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade/March. Brooklyn Pride was ranked within the top 10 of the 20 best places in the US to celebrate pride by matadornetwork.com. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall revolution. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

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Sunday, June 24, 2018. New York City – New Yorkers celebrated the biggest LGBTQ Pride March in the United States of America. This year, the NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Sunday, June 24, 2018. New York City – New Yorkers celebrated the biggest LGBTQ Pride March in the United States of America. This year, the NYC Pride March celebrated 49 years. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

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2nd Global Climate Strike in New York City.

Sunday, May 26th, 2019. New York City – On Friday, May 24th, 2019, it was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.”

More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis.

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Organizers said on Facebook before the event: “THIS IS A CLIMATE EMERGENCY. On May 24th, New York City students will join countries around the world in the 2nd ever Global Climate Strike. We are demanding that NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.

You may have heard about the first event March 15th. The first Global Climate Strike was held on March 15th with over 1 million students striking school in 125 different countries around the world. The protests called for politicians to take immediate action to combat climate change and New York City students agreed. At 2pm on March 15th, five thousand students rallied at Columbus Circle, walking out of their classes to demand that New York City take action.

On May 24th we will rally at Columbus Circle at 2PM and then March to Time Square because TIME. IS. UP.

The March 15th Youth Climate Strike: During the week of March 15, there were at least 1.6 million strikers on all 7 continents, in more than 125 countries and in well over 2000 places. The 1.6million strikers is data gathered by FFF for 40% of countries.

About Fridays for Future Global: #FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral.

On the 8th of September, Greta decided to continue striking every Friday until the Swedish policies provided a safe pathway well under 2-degree C, i.e. in line with the Paris agreement.

The hashtags #FridaysForFuture and #Climatestrike spread and many students and adults began to protest outside of their parliaments and local city halls all over the world. This has also inspired the Belgium Thursday school strikes.”

Friday, May 24th, 2019. New York City - Today was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.” More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Friday, May 24th, 2019. New York City – Today was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.”
More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis.
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According to the website earth-strike.com/en/united-states. Their demands are:

Enact energy systems of community-led renewable energies.
Wind-down and end all fossil fuel extraction, and become totally carbon neutral by 2035.
End all pipeline projects.
Guarantee the sovereignty of indigenous lands with regards to government and government sponsored projects involving their land.
Democratically determine and allocate community led renewable energy initiatives.
Fund and expand carbon neutral and fare-free public transit.

Prepare for Climate Change and protect those most harmed.
Aid communities displaced by climate catastrophes with a focus on rebuilding sustainable infrastructure, including providing state-level aid to United States territories for natural disasters.
Increase funding for FEMA by at least 50%.
Offer a grant program to people who lose their means of survival due to energy transition.
Improve FEMA to better serve the needs of communities.
End the FEMA 50% rule and all regulations that base community aid on market values of property.
Train FEMA and other disaster response personnel to work with low income and homeless, people of color, and other marginalized communities
End the use of military/police forces in disaster relief programs.
Provide transportation and lodging in evacuation situations for everyone, prioritizing at-risk communities.

Protect workers by repealing the Taft-Hartley Act.
Include climate change and environmental safety in collective bargaining and union negotiations with employers.
Retrofit buildings for energy efficiency and disaster resilience.
Build climate-adaptive infrastructure.

Improve sustainability of agricultural processes.
End all subsidies to the meat industry.
Regulate large-scale agriculture to reduce methane emissions, limit hazardous runoff, and preserve biodiversity.
End factory farming and create significantly stricter regulations in regard to quality of life for livestock.
Further research and development on addressing dairy and other animal agriculture related environmental concerns.
Cattle must be fed diet of at least 50% grass grazing and the rest will be supplemented with grain and forages with less than 10% corn
Enact non-retaliation policies to limit large company’s control over individual farmers’ agricultural practices.
End seed patents on genetically modified crops.
Incentivize planting native/food gardens on residential properties.
In conjunction with the above, ban lawn grass.
Incentivize local production/consumption of food.

Sustainably manage resources.
Mindfully manage potable water resources, and the inclusion of rainwater into irrigation and waste systems.
Limit logging to only what can be replanted in the span of 1 year and enforce that replanting occurs.
Deprivatize and municipalize all water supplies.

Friday, May 24th, 2019. New York City - Today was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.” More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Friday, May 24th, 2019. New York City – Today was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.”
More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis.
Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

The Guardian says, “Students from 1,800 towns and cities in more than 110 countries stretching from India to Australia and the UK to South Africa, walked out of lessons on Friday, the organisers of the action said.

This is the latest school climate strike, inspired by teenager Greta Thunberg, who has become a global figurehead since protesting outside Sweden’s parliament in 2018. The young people are demanding politicians take urgent action to avoid catastrophic ecological breakdown.

The school protests come amid growing evidence of the scale of the climate crisis. Last year, the UN’s leading scientists warned that there were just 12 years to limit climate catastrophe. Earlier this month, another UN report warned that the widespread collapse of ecosystems was putting humanity itself at risk. And just last week it emerged that the Antarctic ice is melting much faster than previously feared and global atmospheric CO2 emissions reached a record level of 415ppm.

The school strike movement started last August when Thunberg, then 15, held her solo protest in Stockholm. Since then it has snowballed to be one of the most significant climate movements in history.

On Friday Thunberg, and leading youth strikers across the world, called for all adults to join the protests and stage a global general strike on 20 September.

Writing in the Guardian they said: “We’re asking adults to step up alongside us … today, so many of our parents are busy discussing whether our grades are good, or a new diet or the Game of Thrones finale – whilst the planet burns,” they write. “But to change everything, we need everyone. It is time for all of us to unleash mass resistance … if we [demand change] in numbers we have a chance.”

Before Friday’s strikes, organisers said the number of young people taking part would top the 1.4 million people who participated in the last global day of strikes in March.”

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Friday, May 24th, 2019. New York City - Today was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.” More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Friday, May 24th, 2019. New York City – Today was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.”
More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis.
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Rally “#StopTheBans” in New York City.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019. New York City – Today, over 500 “Stop The Bans” rallies took place across the United States of America.

Women and men gathered at Foley Square Park in Manhattan, New York City, to demand Republicans stop attacking women’s rights.

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Planned Parenthood Action Fund, one of the organizers said, “An increasing number of states across the country are introducing unconstitutional bills that would ban abortion at six weeks of pregnancy — before most women even know they’re pregnant. In just the first three months of 2019, 16 states filed, moved, or enacted six-week abortion bans.

Each of these bills would become the most extreme abortion ban in the country if enacted and enforced. The politicians behind these bans have one goal: to push abortion out of reach, outlawing it in all but name.

Six-week abortion bans are nothing new — but in 2019, their number has increased at an unprecedented pace.

In 2011, Ohio politicians introduced the nation’s first six-week ban (and have since proposed four similar bills). Ohio’s initial attempts never went into effect, but they paved the way for other states to push equally dangerous copycat laws.

North Dakota was the first state to enact a six-week ban in 2013. Iowa became the second in 2018. Courts blocked both laws for being unconstitutional, but the six-week bans have kept coming — and their numbers have skyrocketed.

Some of these bills also criminalize abortion providers, and would keep women from accessing abortion in instances of rape and incest, without exceptions. Other six-week bans, like the one in Georgia, would require women to undergo a medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound — and would require sexual-assault survivors to obtain and provide an official police report. Moreover, the Georgia bill would subject all people who experience the termination of a pregnancy to criminal liability, exposing any woman who has a miscarriage to the risk of criminal charges.”

Rally "#StopTheBans" in New York City. 5/21/2019.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019. New York City – Today, over 500 “Stop The Bans” rallies took place across the United States of America. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

Bernie Sanders in Brooklyn, New York City.

Saturday, March 2, 2019. New York City – Today was the first event of Senator Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign.

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Excerpts from his speech today: “I want to thank all of you for being part of a campaign which is not only going to win the Democratic nomination, which is not only going to defeat Donald Trump, who is the most dangerous president in modern American history, but with your help we are going to transform this country and, finally, create an economy and a government which works for all of us, and not just the one percent. Today, at our very first rally, I want to welcome you to a campaign which says, loudly and clearly, that the underlying principles of our government will not be greed, hatred and lies. It will not be racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and religious bigotry. It will not be tax breaks for billionaires and efforts to trough millions off their health care that they currently have. This campaign is going to end all of that. The principles of our government will be based on justice: on economic justice, on social justice, on racial justice, on environmental justice. Today, I welcome you to a campaign which tells the powerful special interests who control so much of our economic and political life that we will no longer tolerate the greed of corporate America and the billionaire class – greed which has resulted in this country having more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth.

Today, we say to the American people that instead of demonizing the undocumented immigrants in this country, we’re going to pass comprehensive immigration reform and provide a path toward citizenship. We’re going to provide legal status to the 1.8 million young people eligible for the DACA program, and develop a humane border policy for those who seek asylum. The United States will not longer snatched babies from the arms of their mothers.

Donald Trump wants to divide us up based on the color of our skin, based on where we were born, based on our gender, based on our religion and our sexual orientation. What we are about is doing exactly the opposite. We are going to bring our people together – black and white, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American, gay and straight, young and old, men and women, native born and immigrant. We are together and together we will transform this country.

I did not come from a family of privilege that prepared me to entertain people on television by telling workers: “You’re fired.” I came from a family who knew all too well the frightening power employers can have over everyday workers.

I did not come from a family that could afford to send my brother and me to an elite boarding school. In fact, I was educated proudly in high quality public schools here in Brooklyn and began my higher education right here on this campus. I should also mention that my brother Larry graduated from Brooklyn College.

We’re going to win this election because we will put together the strongest grassroots coalition in the history of American politics. Donald Trump wants to divide us up by the color of our skin, where we born, our gender, our religion and our sexual orientation. We are going to do exactly the opposite.

We’re going to win this election because we are putting together the strongest grassroots campaign in the history of American politics.

Donald Trump wants to divide us up based on the color of our skin, based on where we were born, based on our gender, based on our religion and our sexual orientation. What we are about is doing exactly the opposite. We are going to bring our people together – black and white, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American, gay and straight, young and old, men and women, native born and immigrant. We are together and together we will transform this country.

My father was a paint salesman who worked hard his entire life, but never made much money. And my mother raised my brother and me.

I am not going to tell you that I grew up in a home of desperate poverty. That would not be true. But what I will tell you is that coming from a lower middle class family I will never forget about how money – or really lack of money – was always a point of stress in our family. My mother’s dream was that someday our family would move out of that rent-controlled apartment to a home of our own. That dream was never fulfilled. She died young while we were still living in that rent-controlled apartment.

I learned a great deal about immigration as a child because my father came to this country from Poland at the age of 17, without a nickel in his pocket. Without knowing one word of English. He came to the United States to escape the crushing poverty that existed in his community, and to escape widespread anti-Semitism. And, it was a good thing that he came to this country because virtually his entire family was wiped out by Hitler and Nazi barbarism.

Brothers and sisters: We have an enormous amount of work in front of us. And the path forward will not be easy. The wealthy and powerful elite who decade after decade have gotten everything they want will do all that they can to defend their finance interest. And they have an unlimited amount of money at their disposal but we have something that they do not have. We have the people together. So this what I believe. This is what I believe from the bottom of my heart. If we do not allow Trump and his friends to divide us up, if we stand together Black and White and Latino, Asian America, Native America. If we stand together urban and rural, north, south, east and west. If we stand together not as red state or blue state, but as working people fighting for dignity. If we stand together believing in justice and human dignity, if we stand together believing in love and compassion, if we stand together brothers and sisters, the future of this country is extraordinary and there is nothing we will not be able to accomplish.”

Saturday, March 2, 2019. New York City - United States of America Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his supporters. Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
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2019 New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge at Coney Island, Brooklyn. NYC.

Press release by The Coney Island Polar Bear Club

“CONEY ISLAND, November 12th, 2018 – It’s no secret that Coney Island has been the birthplace for fun since the turn of the century. Celebrating its 115th year, the originators of the time honored tradition of the Polar Bear Plunge are proud to announce a partnership with local non-profit organizations to help their neighborhood: Coney Island.

The Plunge, taking place on January 1st, 2019 is a free event, however individuals and teams must register to participate and are encouraged to fundraise for the cause. Walk-up registrants are welcome and are encouraged to arrive early, as on-site registration will open at 10 a.m., and the first wave of plungers start at 1PM sharp.

Last year, despite freezing temperatures, the plunge raised over $40,000. For 2019, the goal is to raise $80,000 which will all go toward local Coney Island nonprofits including the Alliance for Coney Island, New York Aquarium, Coney Island USA, Coney Island History Project as well as other arts and community organizations. Supporters of Coney Island can show their commitment by fundraising to help ensure the growth and livelihood of this iconic destination and neighborhood. Funds help support free events such as Friday Night Fireworks, arts programs, environmental and educational programming, and continue to improve quality of life issues and support workforce development programs for the Coney Island neighborhood which is home to over 50,000 residents.


The Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the oldest winter bathing organization in the United States. We swim in the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island every Sunday from November through April. Since 1903, we have been hosting a public New Year’s Day Plunge for all brave souls to welcome the New Year.

While the event is free, we do encourage plungers to make a donation to our charity sponsors. In the past decade, the Club has raised over $500,000 to support charities. This year we are supporting the NY Aquarium, the Alliance for Coney Island and local non-profit community organizations in the Coney Island Community.”

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club said after the event, “The Club would like to thank everyone for such an amazing day that far surpassed anything we have ever seen before in terms of crowds and enthusiasm.”

To register or learn more about the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island, please visit: www.polarbearclub.org

Coney island, Brooklyn. New York City. Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - Today was the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge at Coney Island, New York City. The shirtless Black man is Eric Leroy Adams, the Borough President of Brooklyn. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com
Coney island, Brooklyn. New York City. Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – Today was the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge at Coney Island, New York City. The shirtless Black man is Eric Leroy Adams, the Borough President of Brooklyn. Credit: Photo by LoveIsAmor.com

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