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You made #Oct5NYC happen!

[Photo Above] Thousands of people gathered at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn to rally for immigrant dignity and respect. The time is now!!!

On October 5th, New York was happening! And YOU made it happen!

Through the New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform campaign, made up of 170 groups and coordinated by the NYIC, more than 5,000 people rallied and marched for immigrant dignity and respect in New York City on Saturday. Immigrants and their friends; workers, families, children, and students; community, political, faith, labor, youth and business leaders came together in Cadman Plaza and on the Brooklyn Bridge, united for justice and opportunity! Campaign-organized events also took place across New York state in White Plains, Binghamton, Brentwood, Buffalo, and Poughkeepsie.

The New York events were among 183 events held in 130 cities and towns in 40 states, which together brought out more than 50,000 people. Together, we raised our voices to let Speaker Boehner and his colleagues in DC know that the time is now and we will not rest until we see a fair and just immigration reform bill with a path to citizenship cross the finish line.
The government might be in shutdown mode, but we are not, and we never will be!

Here are some photo highlights of the day:

[Photo above] New Yorkers take over the Brooklyn Bridge and march for immigration reform.

[Photo left] Guillermo Chacon, board chair of the New York Immigration Coalition, and Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, rally the crowd on stage at Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn, on Saturday. [Photo right] Left to right, representatives of the October 5th mobilization committee: Bakary Tandia, policy advocate of African Services Committee; Linda Sarsour, executive director of Arab American Association of New York (speaking); S.J Jung, board president of MinKwon Center for Community Action; and Nancy Peredo, Make the Road New York member.

[Photo above] Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, longtime advocate for immigration reform.

[Photo above] Mary Kay Henry, president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), addresses rally participants on behalf of 2.1 million members in support of immigration reform.

[Photo left] Adolfo Carrión, 2013 New York City mayoral candidate* [Photo right] Bill de Blasio, 2013 New York City mayoral candidate,* accompanied by his wife, Chirlane McCray. *Note: All mayoral candidates were invited to speak and participate in the rally.

[Photo above] Max Ahmed and Hina Naveed, recipients of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), bring their three other siblings on stage to address the crowd. Hina and Max's family came to the U.S. as children with their parents to seek medical treatment for their oldest sister. Their youngest sister, Aisha (8 years old), is the only U.S citizen in the family.

[Photo above] Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, introduces New York elected officials including (left to right) Councilmember Brad Lander, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, community advocate Carlos Menchaca, Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito, Assemblymember Francisco Moya, Councilmember Mark Weprin, Councilmember Mathieu Eugene, Councilmember Domenic Recchia, and Councilmember Jumaane Williams.

[Photos left] Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Quetzacoatl in Ixachitlan performs a ceremonial opening dance at the rally. [Photo right] Rebel Diaz performs at Cadman Plaza.

To see more photos of the October 5th march and rally for immigrant dignity and respect, click HERE.

Thank you for making October 5th a success! And consider donating to the New York Immigration Coalition so that we can continue to support immigrant communities and continue to advocate for immigration reform! Click HERE to donate.

NEW YORK IS IMMIGRANT STRONG!

 

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