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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.
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Supporting students: Students have come to school in tears out of fear that their families will be deported since Donald Trump’s election.
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Coming together: Elementary school students waved handmade posters calling for solidarity along the nearly mile-long march route.
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Love is love: Several of the signs included slogans of support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
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Fired up: Marchers sang songs and shouted chants such as, “This is what democracy looks like,” and, “Immigration is our nation.”
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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 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 cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.

Updated 5:21 pm, November 22, 2016
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Arlene Katz from New York says:
Lock her up...Lock her up..... Lock her up .... Lock her up .... Lock her up ..... Lock her up...... Lock her up! We voted for our new president. Give it up already. We won. You lost. And I am paying many thousands of dollars for my daughter to go to an Ivy League College. I just told her to come home and transfer to Queens College and save me all that money. I will not pay that Stupid liberal college another dime.
Mrs. A. Katz
Nov. 22, 2016, 11:46 am
Hillary from Prison says:
Now they know how republicans felt under 8 years of Barak Hussein Obama
Nov. 22, 2016, 12:09 pm
Gibby from The Heights says:
Yes Arlene. I agree. Lock her up. Lock her up. And lock Uma Abedin up with her. She knew all along what was happening and is also a guilty party. Lock Uma up. Lock Uma up.
Nov. 22, 2016, 2:23 pm
Tommy says:
Is it possible for an American citizen to get a job in construction? How about in the restaurant industry? It seems like the illegals are the only ones who can easily get jobs.
Nov. 22, 2016, 11:25 pm
Debra Berger from Sheepshead Bay says:
In response to Tommy, the majority of the immigrants working in construction or in restaurant jobs are here legally. They came just as your family came. You can apply also and you will receive the same consideration.
Nov. 23, 2016, 10:19 am
Tommy says:
Majority here legally? Says who? Plight of immigrants are fine but how about the plight of American citizens? When do American citizens who aren't connected or rich get a break? Hopefully soon.
Nov. 24, 2016, 4:18 am
jose from williamsburg brooklyn says:
with all this immigrant —— I am P R American born in Brooklyn and was a union carpenter with 608 on the west side and I lost my job when the immigrant started coming in to the states in the early 90s and just cause there Hispanics don't mean we get along cause they don't like PR and we know that and for those that don't know that just look at who get's more and pays nothing wake up P R we have kids to
Nov. 24, 2016, 6:10 pm
tina from oz0ne pk queens says:
your right jose we have the same problem in Puerto rico the island has be taken over by illegal immigrant criminals. and crime is so bad that Puerto rican are leaving the island and coming to the states mostly to Orlando fl and sad to say most of them are getting marry for money and bring those immigrant here sorry but Puerto Ricans soon won't have an island to call home cause Puerto Ricans don't fight to keep them out there goes Orlando down the dain
Nov. 24, 2016, 8:05 pm

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