OFS marches for Immigrant Rights, NYPD responds with Violence

 

 

On Febuary 11th, 2017, hundreds gathered in Washington Square Park and marched at the #heretostay protest in response to the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigrants and Mayor De Blasio’s continued use of Broken Windows policing at an Organization For a Free Society co-sponsored event.

Nadia an organizer with OFS spoke to the gathering, saying “Hello, my name is Nadia, I am member of the Organization for a Free Society , a participatory socialist cadre organization. I am a Moroccan, Arab, naturalized citizen,queer, radical social worker in solidarity with all undocumented people, immigrants,muslims, and indigenous peoples. I am here to stand against fascism, white nationalism, colonialism, borders, capitalism, prisons and deportations! 

Naming ourselves a sanctuary city is not enough, we need the city to support people directly effected with the radical fight against  white supremacy and capitalism. We all need to stand up and fight against injustice whenever we can, lift up the voices and take the lead from people who are undocumented, queer, trans, Muslim , women and people of color.

As a social worker I would be remiss if I didn’t talk to you all about self care. Because y’all … it has only been a few weeks and it already feels so looong. In order for us to be in the collective fight for the long haul we must do what we each can do in that moment. The movement needs each and everyone of you in many different roles. Take your time, spend time with your community, get some sleep, feed each other, do your rituals.  as Assata said, we must love each other and protect each other, we have nothing to lose but our chains.”

(Click here for a video of the rally and speech)

 

After the speeches, over a thousand took to the streets of the West Village and circled the NYPD’s 6th precinct,  as the Village Voice reported:

“As the march attempted to cross the street at Hudson and Grove, the NYPD identified five leaders of the march who were not, to this reporter, breaking any laws. One officer tackled a man into a snowbank in the gutter, then held his face into the snow as his hands were zip-tied.”

We denouce the police violence against the leadership of the #heretostay immigrant march and call on Mayor De Blasio to end Broken Windows policing now!

For backgound on the march and violence:

As Feds Arrest 40 Immigrants, Protesters Demand De Blasio Take Action to Protect New Yorkers

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/as-feds-arrest-40-immigrants-protesters-demand-de-blasio-take-action-to-protect-new-yorkers-9670069

 

Link to video of rally and speech: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1OwxWPRqrypKQ