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Feb. 2, New York City: Yemeni-American bodega strike to protest Trump’s travel ban.

Recent demonstrations against Trump’s immigration policies prove that New York, a city of immigrants, is not to be messed with. Thousands have poured out to protest “President Agent Orange” in demonstrations across the city, including a powerful bodega (read, convenience store) shutdown by the Yemeni community. Hundreds of stores were shuttered and the potential power of an immigrant strike was once again revealed.

The Freedom Socialist Party in NYC was happy to pull out our signs calling for open borders at the many demonstrations. We joined in or started chants like “No Ban, No Registry, End White Supremacy” and the more succinct but no less appropriate “New York Is Pissed, We Will Resist.”

In response to the pickets of Planned Parenthoods across the country by an emboldened anti-abortion movement, Betty Maloney and Radical Women sister Robin Strauss got up early to counter-demonstrate for abortion rights — and landed NBC interviews. Big signs calling for “Free Abortion on Demand” smacked the right wing right in the face. Figuratively, of course — they were across the street — though a person can dream!

As Trump continued to roll out a buffet of reactionary executive orders, the NYC Campaign for an Elected Civilian Review Board gained new importance, especially as it directly confronts his order elevating actions against police as hate crimes.

With a new website, a finished draft of legislation, and ever-growing numbers at meetings, the campaign is strengthening to meet the times. We’re making a targeted list of City Council representatives to approach for sponsorship — they don’t know what’s about to hit ’em!

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