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A Weekend of Protest Against Trump’s Immigration Ban (35 photos)

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Shortly after President Trump signed an executive order temporarily barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations, protests arose in airports across the country, where some travelers were being detained. Over the weekend, demonstrators with signs and lawyers offering legal advice jammed airports, while rallies and marches took place in city streets and squares. Gathered here, images from this weekend’s protests against the ban, from New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Washington, DC, Dallas, Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, and more.

Demonstrators march down Pennsylvania Avenue during a protest on January 29, 2017, in Washington, DC. Protesters in Washington and around the country gathered to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order barring the citizens of Muslim-majority countries Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from traveling to the United States. (Zach Gibson / Getty)


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New York City Protest Photography Before the Age of Social Media

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“We all felt very connected to the struggles of the city and felt an obligation to cover them”

Whose Streets? Our Streets!, on view at the Bronx Documentary Center, looks at the work of 38 photographers who have covered New York City’s protests from the front lines.

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“Millions March” In Protest Of Police Brutality

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Source: Chris Altman

Source: Chris Altman

Christian crosses and Communist Party flags. Gil Scott-Heron and Frederic Chopin. Wizened women in floor-length coats and raw-throated university students shouting “This is what democracy looks like”. Children carrying hand-drawn posters of other kids, just like them, being gunned down by police officers. This is just a taste of what today’s “Millions March NYC” demonstration looked and sounded like.

Source: Chris Altman

Source: Chris Altman

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Source: Chris Altman

Source: Chris Altman

Coming in on the tails of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown grand jury decisions as well as the Cleveland, Ohio police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, this weekend’s march started at New York’s Washington Square Park and culminated at the New York Police Department.

Source: Chris Altman

Source: Chris Altman

Thousands of people took to the streets to protest everything from police brutality to white supremacy to capitalism writ large. What they all had in common, though, was the pursuit of justice–one that does not legally permit police officers to shoot at will and leave a body lying cold on the ground.

Police brutality was one of many ills rallied against today.

Police brutality was one of many ills rallied against today.

The participants and messages present were as diverse and peaceful as they were organized and sustained. Justice for Eric Garner Assembly members distributed flyers that clearly iterated their goals, all arranged by proximate attainability. Immediate demands included the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton; reparations made to the Garner family; the introduction of independent prosecutors in cases like Garner’s and Brown’s, and the end of lowest level priority prosecutions (ie: marijuana). Institutional changes centered upon community control of police, an end to the War on Drugs and the ceasing of funds toward militarizing the police.

Source: Chris Altman

Source: Chris Altman

Source: Chris Altman

Source: Chris Altman

It remains to be seen how New York City and the rest of the country respond to demonstrations like the one that unfolded today. Our takeaway: “I can’t breathe” is quickly evolving into “We can—and will—be heard”.

Photos by Chris Altman.

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