Signs of the times: Anti-Trump protestors storm Sunset Park

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Stronger together: Carlos Menchaca led more than 200 people along Fifth Avenue in the bitter cold to show community solidarity in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.
Supporting students: Students have come to school in tears out of fear that their families will be deported since Donald Trump’s election.
Coming together: Elementary school students waved handmade posters calling for solidarity along the nearly mile-long march route.
Love is love: Several of the signs included slogans of support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
Fired up: Marchers sang songs and shouted chants such as, “This is what democracy looks like,” and, “Immigration is our nation.”
United: Sunset Parkers Cara Chard and Frank Sharpe came out with their two daughters Zadie and Theia to support their community during a march on Nov. 20.

Hundreds marched along Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park on Nov. 20 to show solidarity in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as the country’s 45th president. It was an empowering moment for many who opposed Trump and who have felt helpless since his unexpected victory — and one that resonates outside of the neighborhood, said one marcher.

“It felt good to do something after feeling so helpless and disconnected from the election results,” said Sunset Parker Cara Chard who came out with her husband and two daughters. “I think what’s happening in Sunset Park is indicative of what’s happening across the country. People are coming together to show support and so many came out when it was so bitterly cold — it’s a testament to how strongly people feel.”

Demonstrators walked from the park at 44th Street to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on 60th Street chanting “Here to stay” — a reaction to the president-elect’s various pledges to deport undocumented immigrants. Marchers even wheeled a 10-foot-tall Statue of Liberty sculpture through the streets, and children and adults bore signs that read “Love Trumps hate” and “This is what democracy looks like.”

The march stalled traffic, and several joined in as demonstrators swept the streets.

It was a day of unity for citizens and immigrants who face an uncertain future, said Councilman Carlos Menchaca (D–Sunset Park), who organized the event.

“I believe in our immigrant community. I believe in the solidarity that I see in the faces of you all today,” he said. “And I believe if we are united like we are today — in this cold freezing moment — that will get us through the darkest moments that we are anticipati­ng.”

On Nov. 15, Menchaca wrote a letter last week alerting the Department of Education that he has received several complaints about school workers harassing immigrant kids in Sunset Park and Bay Ridge, and he doubled down on calling the reports unacceptable during the rally.

“Our schools are experiencing some incredible bias, bullying, and discrimination and we’re here today to send a message to everybody that we’re not going to take it,” said Menchaca. “We’re going to stand up and fight back.”

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
Why is the United States not supposed to have borders? Would someone ask these demonstrators that?
Nov. 22, 2016, 6:40 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
I never knew there were so many people who are against representative government.

Including some elected representatives!
Nov. 22, 2016, 8:03 am
Mike from Slope says:
The racist dictator currently preparing to take power should get used to four years of this. On the other hand, he's obese and 70, so maybe four years is a stretch.
Nov. 22, 2016, 9:18 am
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
This paper should be shut down for failing to monitor its comments section for obscenity.
Nov. 22, 2016, 9:37 am
Bkmanhatman from Nubrucklyn says:
61 million people did not vote for the orange one. So go back to your sh*thole you deplorables!
The fight continues!
Nov. 22, 2016, 10:16 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
There are now claims that electronic ballots in three swing states that Trump won might have been hacked with a claim for investigation, though is still a rumor for now.
Nov. 23, 2016, 4:39 pm
Joana from ParkPope says:
People in glass houses shouldn't blow drones!
Nov. 24, 2016, 12:38 am
JJ from Sunset Park says:
Its great to see all these protesters but when I went to vote on election day the polling place was empty.
Nov. 24, 2016, 4:42 pm
Linda Woobles from Planet Earth says:
JJ - that's because illegal immigrants from China and Mexico can't vote, only US citizens. There's very few of those in Sunset Park.
Nov. 24, 2016, 4:46 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
if you are legal - no problem
if you are illegal - problem

pretty simple - capiche
Nov. 25, 2016, 1:20 am

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