Thousands of New Yorkers of different backgrounds and faiths on Sunday rallied at the famous New York’s Times Square in a show of solidarity for Muslims.
The rally titled ”I am Muslim too” was organized by Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons as well as other several non-profit and human right groups.
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) February 19, 2017
They aimed to denounce the numerous disparaging remarks, threats, and most of all the Appeal Court halted executive order that temporarily stopped travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Rally attendees hoisted placards featuring a woman in an American flag hijab with the caption; “we the people are greater than fear”. They waved American flags and also held signs saying; “No Muslim Ban”.
Speaking to the crowd, Russell Simmons said:
“We won’t speak too harshly of him (Trump) today. We want to thank him for bringing us together.”
”We are here today to show middle America our beautiful signs and, through our beautiful actions and intention, that they have been misled — that the seeds of hate that were small and maybe just ignorance cannot be watered, and that hate cannot grow because we are here to assist them in promoting love.”
New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio also spoke to the crowd at the event saying that America is “a country founded to protect all faiths and all beliefs.”
Actress Susan Sarandon also spoke as former first daughter Chelsea Clinton tweeted to thank the event’s organizers.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 19, 2017
— RoseAnn DeMoro (@RoseAnnDeMoro) February 19, 2017
The list of high-profile speakers scheduled to address the crowd included rabbis, imams, a Sikh, a Buddhist, Episcopalian and Presbyterian reverends.
Others are a Mennonite, a Seventh Day Adventist minister, a Hindu, a Baptist pastor along with other several local politicians and civil rights advocates.
The New Yorkers’ ‘I am Muslim too’ rally on Sunday comes just one day after a larger number of people in downtown Los Angeles, marched against Trump’s immigration raids, which has been on the rise over the past few weeks.