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Westchester Residents Resist & Unite

Pictures by Cynthia Turnquest Jones & Shawyn Patterson-Howard

White Plains- Community organizers and elected officials Rallied Saturday 12 noon- 2P.M., at Pace Law School to protest President Donald Trump’s recent anti-immigration policies.

Billed as The Westchester Resistance Rally on the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, home to the Immigration Justice Clinic, Westchester residents held signs regarding the president’s stances on education, women’s rights and his executive order barring people from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S.

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will hosted the rally in partnership with other elected officials and community groups throughout Westchester County including the Immigration Justice Clinic at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Cabrini Immigrant Services, Community Voices Heard, the Yonkers Islamic Center, the Muslim American Society of Upper New York, St. Catherine AME Zion Church, Calvary Baptist Church, the Minister’s Fellowship Council of White Plains and Vicinity, the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, and Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings-on-Hudson.

Several government officials — including state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, White Plains Mayor Tom Roach and Yonker Mayor Andy Spano — addressed the crowd. Religious leaders, such as Imam Adam Adamu of Yonkers Islamic Center and Rabbi Scott Weiner of Temple Israel in New Rochelle, told tales of trials and tribulations regarding immigrants and led prayers.

We stood beside one another on a cold Saturday afternoon with the sun warming us in-between chants and signs waving. “Resist. Unite. We will win this fight!” Residents of Westchester County joined to rally for immigrants. It was the third Saturday in a row since Trump’s inauguration that protesters flooded streets, public parks and plazas to express displeasure with the new president’s agenda.

As we rallied an announcement was made that a federal judge has put a nationwide block on the United States President Donald Trump’s week-old executive order temporarily barring refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Trump’s executive order, bars Syrian refugees indefinitely and blocks citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entry into the US for 90 days. Refugees from countries other than Syria are barred from entry for 120 days.

“There is still more to do”, said Andrea Stewart-Cousins as the crowd cheered. She is a New York State Senator and the first woman in New York State history to lead a conference in Albany. The Yonkers resident represents the 35th State Senate district in New York which in its present configuration includes Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Greenburgh, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Tarrytown, Scarsdale and parts of Yonkers, White Plains, and New Rochelle. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousin hosted a well-attended event. Westchester Resistant Rally for Immigrants on the lawn of Pace Law School will never be forgotten. Signs welcoming all and sprinkles of pink hats indicating that those wearing them either went to the Women’s March or is in solidarity with the Women who marched.

Before we parted the residents of Westchester pledged to win and be a part of their community from this day forward as we seek for Liberty and Justice for all.


About Cynthia Turnquest-Jones (48 Articles)
Cynthia Turnquest-Jones a co-host of People Before Politics Radio is an avid philanthropist. In October 2012 she launched Tha B.U.M.P. “Brown Urban Mother Partnership”, hosting an informational breast cancer session “Save the Women not the Boobies” inviting mothers from the community to sit and enjoy healthy foods while engaging in dialogue about breast cancer. In addition to Tha B.U.M.P, Cynthia is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated, Mocha Moms, Incorporated, MAMAiAM, the Episcopal Church Women, secretary for Mount Saint Michael Academy PTA in the Bronx, and a member of Graham Elementary School PTA.
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