1000s Gather to Protest Hate Groups in Astoria

YESTERDAY, Sunday, January 29, Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer was joined by over 1,000 Queens residents at a rally outside of the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria to stand against the neo-Nazis and white supremacists that have co-opted the popular anti-Trump HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US exhibit.

 The exhibit invites people to say “he will not divide us” into a camera, which is live streamed to the project’s website. While the project has attracted many people in line with its mission, as well as a number of peacefully dissenting voices, it has also become a rallying location for hate speech, hateful acts, and hate groups recognized by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

 “Yesterday we gathered to say clearly to the world and our neighbors that we reject hatred, we stand against bigotry, and we embrace diversity,” said City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “This will be a long struggle, but we will never get tired of fighting. This is Astoria, this is Queens, this is New York City. And this is still the United States of America. This is the land of Jews and black men and women, the land of Muslims and immigrants from all over the world, trans women from Mexico and feminists with great pink hats! We know that he will never divide us.”

 Over a thousand residents gathered to proclaim their #QueensValues, of love, inclusion, and acceptance. The rally was live streamed on the HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US feed at hewillnotdivide.us.