November 16, By Hannah Wulkan
Demonstrations and protests have dominated cities across the country since the election last week, and now a local politician is getting in on the action.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer will be leading a march across the Queensboro Bridge to Trump Tower on Saturday to protest against the values that President Elect Donald Trump espouses. The march will begin at 1 pm and will leave from Dutch Kills Green in Queens Plaza.
“We may not be able to reverse the results of this election but we can and should fulfill our obligation to resist all these things which have been explicitly promised and threatened by Trump and Pence,” Van Bramer wrote in a statement.
“Even if Donald Trump occupies the White House these next four years, he will not occupy us. He cannot occupy our hearts and minds and our will to live in a country that aspires to freedom and fairness and equality for all,” he added.
The march on Saturday is the second in two events Van Bramer is hosting in response to the election.
He is also hosting a “Community Speak Out” tonight at Sunnyside Community Services at 6 p.m. to bring together community members and various community and activist organizations to speak about the election results and possible actions to take in response.
Organizations including Planned Parenthood, Woodside on the Move, Make the Road New York, various LGBTQ and immigrant groups, and about a dozen more will gather tonight at the event, and Van Bramer said that he hopes it will connect people with ways to channel their feelings about the election in to action.
“We will come together in Western Queens to share ideas on how to be effective in our resistance. And we’ve brought together some groups representing the people most clearly and directly under assault,” Van Bramer wrote in the statement.
“And on Saturday, we’ll march over the Queensboro Bridge from the place Trump once called home to remind him that diversity makes us stronger. He may have been raised in Queens but he isn’t from here anymore,” he added.
Organizations included in the event tonight are:
-Planned Parenthood of New York City
-Girl Scouts of Greater New York
-Make the Road New York
-Woodside On the Move
-Jacob Riis Center
-Sunnyside Community Services
-Emerald Isle Immigration Center
-Catholic Migration Center
-Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City
-Muslim Student Association of Aviation High School
-Theater of the Oppressed New York
-Aids Center of Queens County
-The Arab American Family Support Center
-…And possibly more