As the sun sank behind Grand Central Station on April 14, thousands of New Yorkers lined up with picket signs across the street from the Grand Hyatt hotel in Midtown Manhattan. They were there to tell Donald Trump he is not welcome in their city—the city the Republican primary frontrunner was born and raised in.
Republican primary candidates Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich were all invited to speak at the New York State Republican Party’s annual gala at the Hyatt, but the crowd of protesters singled out Trump as their target.
A coalition of groups, including Black Lives Matter and the “Fight for $15”, an organization that advocates for higher wages for fast-food workers and other hourly employees, organized the protest. And while the protestors came from a multitude of backgrounds and boroughs, their message was the same: Discrimination has no place in New York City.
“It is time to stand on the shoulders of those who built our city, and come together as New Yorkers and say, ‘Mr. Trump—you do not speak for us; you do not represent us and we will not let your bigotry, xenophobia, misogyny, racism and hatred go unanswered anymore,'” one of the organizing groups said on a Facebook page for the protest.
Trump has been accused of propagating racism, sexism, and even violence with his comments ever since he launched his campaign last year. Protestors succeeded in shutting down a Trump rally in Chicago in March this year, and clashes between protestors and Trump supporters has become the norm at the candidate’s rallies.
The protest at the Republican gala on April 14 was no exception. Trump supporters staged a counter protest on a street around the corner from the Trump protestors, and 31 people were arrested by police.
Here are some of the faces and voices of people who were present at the protest.