PROTESTS | DEMONSTRATIONS
Group and citizen actions against injustice.
(January 29, 2017) The 35 Mujeres NYC x Oscar movement returned to Times Square Plaza to celebrate the upcoming release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. Less than two weeks ago, in one of his final acts before departing the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama commuted Rivera’s sentence and scheduled a release date of May 17, 2017.
(June 6, 2015) Wild Life and Conservation representatives and supporters gathered at Duffy Square-Broadway Plaza in Times Square to witness the pulverizing of more than one-ton of confiscated illegal ivory from poached animals. The crush was conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as “a public display to ivory traffickers and their customers that the United States will not tolerate this illegal trade.”
(May 30, 2015) The “Free Oscar East Coast March” had a huge turn-out making its way through West 125th Street to 106th Street and Lexington Ave. For most, the march was their main reason to be there. Thousands voiced their support and demanded that President Obama free one of the longest held political prisoner in the United States — Oscar López Rivera — before leaving the White House. Here are a few shots from the rally at 106th Street in El Barrio.
(December 13, 2014) Tens of thousands converged on Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village to demand an end to the culture of deadly force permeating the New York City Police Department. The highly organized and largely peaceful march brought many parts of NYC to a standstill.
(June 26, 2013) The demand to reopen the Theater and Community Room of the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center in El Barrio has officially hit the streets. Members of PRIDA (Puerto Rican Institute for Development of the Arts), PRIDE (Puerto Rican Intercultural Drama Ensemble), Agüeybana Productions and VirtualBoricua.org held a press conference outside the center to announce the opening of the Julia de Burgos Outdoor Teatro on the corner of 106th Street and Lexington Avenue. The theatre and community events room of the center have been closed to community artists for almost two years. The message sent out to the NYC Economic Development Corp. and to the media was enough is enough. It’s Guerrilla Theater action time.
(November 5, 2011) The civil unrest inspired by similar actions across the world continues to gain support, here in NYC. The “Occupy Wall Street” movement that started on September 17 shows no signs of giving-up, as the Nation’s economy staggers slowly towards year’s end.