Marching in Support of Refugees in NYC

  • Marching in support of immigrants and refugees in New York City on June 20, World Refugee Day. (Photos by Sean Parrish for Voices of NY)
[Editor’s note: The story has been updated to reflect the role of African Communities Today in organizing the march.]

World Refugee Day on June 20 was marked by a protest march in New York City that originated at Bryant Park, continued toward the United Nations, stopped at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at 47th Street and First Avenue, and ended in front of the Trump World Tower at 48th Street and First Avenue.

Organized by African Communities Today, the New York Immigration Coalition and dozens of immigrant advocacy groups, the march occurred at the end of a day that brought head-spinning news, including the revelation that hundreds of children who had been separated from their parents at the southern border had been sent to social service agencies in New York City. By the day’s end, Trump had issued an executive order that families should be detained together rather than separately. But it was unclear how soon children and parents would be reunited, and how he would continue to pursue his “zero tolerance” policy against immigrants seeking asylum.

Marchers chanted “no ban, no wall, sanctuary for all” and “hey, hey, ho, ho, I-C-E has got to go.” Some marchers carried lifesize orange rafts symbolizing refugee ocean crossings. Organizers said about 1,600 people joined the march.

Sean Parrish is a Knight-CUNY Journalism Summer Fellow and intern at Voices of NY.

2 Comments

  1. Nice article

  2. African Communities Together was the principal organizer of the World Refugee Match and Rally.
    They should be credited.

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