More than 40 Jewish Americans gathered in front of the Trump Tower in protest on Tuesday.
Brought together by the Bend the Arc social justice organization, the ralliers stood outside Trump Tower on June 21 in order to draw attention to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric. Similar rallies took place in San Diego, Austin and other cities throughout the US.
“We Jews know the consequences of silence,” said Rabbi Rachel Timoner as the crowd picked up and echoed her words. “So when we see the early signs of fascism, we must speak.”
The protesters lit candles to commemorate Andrew Goodman, Mickey Schwerner and James Chaney, three civil rights activists who were killed on the same day in 1964. At the time of their death, they were working on promoting voter registration among African American communities in Mississippi.
“We’re here to galvanize our community and others to reject Donald Trump and do everything that we possibly can so he is never elected president of the United States,” said Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc.