Iftar at Tiffany’s

June 30, 2017

On June 20, 6 PM,  African Communities Together (ACT) and City of Refuge Coalition partners gathered at 59th St. and 5th Ave., two blocks away from Tiffany’s. Despite lots of signs and those orange dinghies, it was low-key at this point. Voice of America did a few interviews, but the march and the Iftar were the main events. An Iftar “is the ceremonial ‘breaking of fast’ observed by Muslims during the month of Ramadan.”

Read more about these foreigners’ demands on American streets.

NYC World Refugee Day  – Stop the Refugee Ban, Save Asylum and Defend Temporary Protected Status (TPS)”

6:30pm – 7:30pm: March to/ Rally at Trump World Tower and Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue)

8:30pm – 9:30pm: Interfaith Iftar at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue)

I focused on the preliminaries and their signs of LOVE and INCLUSION (for everyone except Donald Trump and patriotic Americans).

The orange dinghy brigade returned, waiting in the background.

No love for anything Trump.

Voice of America interviewed many participants, including this familiar protestor.

6:30 pm and the march to the U.N. was almost ready to go… until someone picked up those ORANGE dinghys.

The parade passed by, mostly for the benefit of a sympathetic media corps.

The sponsors were the usual suspects:

A Flickr slide show:


As expected, they made sure the “Iftar for infidels” would be covered — links were easy to find.  Videos posted show happy infidels praying at the Iftar — in the name of PEACE — snookered in to praying Islam:

Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition

The Interfaith Center of New York Lab/Shul

Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice [JFREJ

One wonders how many of these groups would be welcome in Mecca.

New Yorkers rally on World Refugee Day


African Communities Together
We thank our faith leaders, who led us in prayer and unity on #WorldRefugeeDay


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Photo Credits: David Moriya

African Communities Together and Audu Kadiri

“Thanks to everyone for organizing such an inspirational demonstration….The Iftar meal was delicious! —The Last Raft.

The Observer:

“The action […] condemned the administration’s efforts to bar refugees from war-torn Syria and other Muslim lands and defended Temporary Protected Status, which gives arrivals from nations enduring an armed conflict or natural disaster deportation immunity and work authorization. The march kicked off on 59th Street and Fifth Avenue and concluded […] (when) demonstrators held an interfaith iftar—the evening meal breaking the daytime fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“We are celebrating the heritage and existence of refugees in this country and throughout the world,” Fatou Waggeh, a civic organizer for African Communities Together[…] “But we’re also coming together as a community to say that we stand against the refugee ban.”

“Waggeh recalled “feeling very sad and depressed” when Trump was elected in November but that she is now feeling “mobilized and hopeful.”‘

World Refugee Day #CityOfRefuge

Watch Live: It's #WorldRefugeeDay we are here in NYC with the #CityOfRefuge coalition to end the refugee ban, protect asylum and save TPS.With African Services Committee, Arab American Association of New York, The Arab-American Family Support Center, Asian American Federation, Atlas: DIY, CAIR-New York, Catholic Charities Community Services, Democratic Socialists of America, Episcopal Migration Ministries, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, HIAS, Immigrant Defense Project, The Interfaith Center of New York, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice [JFREJ], Lab/Shul, Make the Road New York, MinKwon Center for Community Action 민권센터, MPower Change, Muslim Community Network, National Domestic Workers Alliance, The Interfaith Center of New York, Resist Here, Resist Trump New York, RUSA LGBT – Russian-Speaking American LGBT Association, Russian-Speaking Community Council of Manhattan & the Bronx, Inc. (RCCMB), Sauti Yetu Center for African Women, Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus, 32BJ SEIU, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ, NYC The New York Immigration Coalition, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, We Dream In Black – National Domestic Workers Alliance, Working Families Party, Urban Justice Center, The Workmen's Circle, Veterans for American Ideals

Posted by Working Families Party on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NYCDSA, The DSA Immigration Justice Working Group, also known as the NYC Democratic Socialists of America:

Just remember: It’s not you. It’s Capitalism


“United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on the international community to provide support and solidarity to refugees. “We reflect on the courage of those who fled and the compassion of those who welcome them,” the Secretary-General said.”

There’s always a protest somewhere. NYC progressives and their allies never rest.

[Where indicated, pictures and video property of Pamela Hall]

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