More than a year after President Donald Trump took office, New Yorkers who oppose the president's policies and rhetoric aren't showing any signs of slowing down their resistance. Demonstrations against the Trump administration since his election have come in all shapes and sizes: protests, rallies and marches, sit-ins, die-ins and banners unfurled in the Trump Tower lobby. Although Trump Tower has been a favorite of protesters, demonstrations have taken place across the city, including at Trump International Hotel and Tower, Stonewall National Monument, Battery Park, Tompkins Square Park, Washington Square Park, Times Square and outside Kennedy Airport, where some travelers were detained when Trump's original travel ban went into effect in January 2017. Protests were also held during the three times Trump has returned to the city since taking office. In September, three congressional Democrats and then-City Council … [Read more...] about Your guide to anti-Trump protests planned around the city
NFL players refusing to stand during the national anthem was the most searched protest on Google in 2017, the company announced in its year-end analysis on Wednesday. "NFL National Anthem protests" beat out searches for "Charlottesville protest," "Boston free speech rally," "UC Berkeley protests" and "St. Louis protests," according to Google. In October, the NFL announced it would not change its policy on players standing during the national anthem, despite repeated calls to do so by President Donald Trump. League policy states that players are encouraged to stand during the song, but are not required to do so. The decision came after a two-day meeting of team owners and players and their union's leaders in Manhattan, and just hours after Trump angrily tweeted about the issue. The president's feud with the NFL began on Sept. 22 during a political rally in Alabama, where the president called any player who kneeled during the national … [Read more...] about NFL players kneeling is Google’s No. 1 searched protest in 2017
A vocal group of transit advocates crashed an anti-congestion pricing news conference in midtown Sunday, in an attempt to drown out concerns from Queens politicians and community leaders who oppose the idea. The politicians — State Assemblyman David Weprin, State Sen. Leroy Comrie and Councilman Barry Grodenchik — argue that the congestion pricing proposal that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Fix NYC panel put forth on Friday would have negligible impacts on traffic while unfairly burdening outer borough residents of Brooklyn and Queens. The proposal recommends charging private vehicles a fee $11.52 to enter Manhattan below 60th Street between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays as a way to raise at least $1 billion annually for funding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Meanwhile, the protest group, organized by the nonprofit Riders Alliance, chanted slogans like “fix the subways!” from the other end of the plaza. Riders Alliance countered that the … [Read more...] about Protesters crash news conference on congestion pricing
My sister is one of the bravest people I know. And not because she served in Iraq — where she endured the trauma of facing death daily, of guarding entrances with guns bigger than her leg, of trying to cram the spilled intestines of her comrade back where they belong. She is so brave because she returned to America and continued her fight for veterans. My sister, Oakland native Nicole Hart, started her own nonprofit in Arkansas, ARVets, to help provide veterans much needed basic services. She could be making millions. She is that bright and likable. Instead, she is spending her young adulthood hustling to secure basic services — jobs, housing, education — for veterans and their families. She exhausts her own means toward this effort because it is so needed. And the reason it so needed? Because too many Americans feel like honoring veterans happens during national anthems at sports events. Because our affection for soldiers and their sacrifice is mostly confined to a … [Read more...] about Kaepernick anthem protest: What are you doing to help any cause?
We’re bracing for the onslaught of national media for this upcoming epic Warriors season, and as you can tell by listening to Marcus Thompson II and myself on this podcast–we’re very much looking forward to it. This will be a huge continuing story, from late this month until probably mid-June, staffed by all the best reporters, including the Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps, who is coming out here for the whole season and was good enough to spend some time with us on the show. Also planning almost full-schedule staffing for the Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant & Co. Show this season: -The New York Times, USA Today, ESPN (with multiple full-time reporters), Bleacher Report, and a few others. It’s going to be something. Marcus and I have covered this team for a long time, think we’ve done OK on it, and now we’re very eager to see how this all unfolds, and to be hanging around some of the best out there, obviously including Bontemps. This is our … [Read more...] about Warriors Plus Minus: How Colin Kaepernick’s protest might spread to the Warriors, and the national media is arriving (guest: the Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps)