A massive demonstration convulsed the Greenwich Village less than 24 hours after word surfaced that President Donald Trump was planning to implement, in part, the ban on Muslim immigration he proposed on the campaign trail—and following his signing of two executive orders targeting undocumented immigrants.
The "emergency rally," organized by the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, had among its speakers an array of elected officials, faith leaders and advocates representing different races, ethnicities and religions. Attendees shouted "Stand up, fight back!" and "No ban, no wall!"—referencing the president's plans to both severely curtail the movement of people from some 30 majority Muslim nations, should they refuse to cooperate with American intelligence, and to construct a barrier along the Mexican border.
"We have to make sure that every elected official is on point with this because what some people don't get on the federal level and elsewhere is that all elected officials are servants of the public," Afaf Nasher, CAIR-NY's executive director, who served as the rally's emcee, said to roaring applause from the crowd.