Monday, January 6, 2020

Solidarity Rally against Antisemitism Foley Square, Brooklyn Bridge and Cadman Plaza, January 5, 2020

Homemade sign for the Solidarity Rally against antisemitism NYC 1/5/2020
Jeenah Moon Getty Source
On Sunday, January 5, 2020, thousands of people marched from Foley Square in lower Manhattan, across the Brooklyn Bridge, to Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn, a distance of a mile and a half. 

Our goal was to protest recent antisemitic attacks in the New York City and New Jersey area. Attackers have often been African American and attacks involve street violence including punching, thrown objects, spitting, cursing, and vandalism. The Jersey City attacks involved four fatalities. The Monsey attack involved stabbing; one victim may never recover. 

On Sunday in Manhattan, temperatures were in the 30s and there was a brisk wind. 

Crowd size has been variously estimated. the New York Times estimated "tens of thousands." The Forward estimated 25,000.

The rally was scheduled to begin in Foley Square in lower Manhattan at 11:00. I was at the rally between 10:30 and 2:30. The entire time, I was a dot in a giant crowd, smooshed between thousands of other people. Once we began our walk over the bridge, we moved very, very slowly. That's because of the sheer number of people. 

I left the Cadman Plaza rally at 2:30 and attempted to walk back over the Brooklyn Bridge. I was unable to do so. There were still throngs of people walking back toward the Cadman Plaza point. The police announced that the bridge was closed to Manhattan-bound foot traffic. I had to detour to the Manhattan Bridge. 

New York governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill Deblasio, both US Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand lead the march. 

There is a lesson here for Polonia. Hours of hard work went into making this rally happen. Rally organizers worked, planned, and made it happen. 

When people unite and work toward a goal, they can make things happen. 

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