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What do New Yorkers have to say about Donald Trump’s first months in office?
NYU journalism’s Reporting: Multimedia hit the streets to find out.
Inspired by some of their own students’ struggles with incarceration, two teachers from Teaneck, NJ started Write to Matter to help people returning from prison regain a sense of normalcy through art.
On November 9th, while Donald Trump celebrated his first day as President-elect, thousands took to the streets to protest the election results. During the protest, NYU students and alumni shared their reactions to Trump’s election. Produced, shot, written and edited by Kirby Pate. All footage is either my own or used with permission from CNN through NYU Journalism. Originally aired 11-15 on NYU’s campus news show NYU Now (formerly NYU Tonight).
Yesterday, thousands gathered around Stonewall Inn to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community and other marginalized groups whose civil rights are currently being threatened by President Donald Trump’s administration.
In the few weeks following President Trump’s inauguration, dozens of protests have erupted around the globe in a collaborative effort to combat the leader’s oppressive executive orders. Now, New Yorkers are flooding the streets of the West Village in a vibrant sea of rainbow to support the LGBT community and urge for a peaceful call to action.
“I am a student. I am queer,” said Bonnie, 21. “I am very opposed to the Trump administration and I think it’s important for us to stand in solidarity with other communities that have faced oppression.”
“We are facing a fascist regime that has taken political power,” said Steve, a member of the non-profit, RefuseFascism.org. “We cannot allow this regime to consolidate any more political power.”
“I’m a woman. I’m gay. I’m intersex. I’m trans and I’m a disabled veteran. Trump and his program go against me on more levels than I can count,” said Danie. “He is an extremely dangerous man, but he is a man of a very frail ego. Protests really bother him. The more bothered and unhinged he is, the more obvious it will be that he needs to be removed.”
The Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Holiday “Nostalgia” Train is another reminder of the holiday spirit in the city. The train rolls down on the tracks between Second Avenue and Queens Plaza along the M line every Sunday through Christmas (November 27th, December 4th, 11th , 18th ). The train is made up of eight R1/9 subway cars that were in service from 1932 until 1977. With a swipe of your MetroCard ($2.75), passengers are able to get on the train and take a trip back in time. You will find ceiling fans, padded seats and incandescent light bulbs among other vintage decor in the facilities on the train.
The public has expressed mixed feelings towards these old trains. Some people are excited because it is their first time to take the “Nostalgia” train, and will have a distinctively different experience in these trains compared to modern subways.
However, for others, the train brings them back to their childhood in the 1930s. For example, Vino Vinehaus, a man in his late sixties, remembers the old train well. He recalls how the conductor needed to be outside to stand between cars on rainy and snowy days to lock the chains. He says that he appreciates that the MTA has made special efforts to bring back the nostalgia train, and to allow us to “once again go inside the train that we used to get in when we were very young.”
Passengers are encouraged to dress up from the 20s, 30s, and 40s for the journey on the M line. Many people dressed in period costumes, including items like jackets from World War II in the 1940s, tilt hats, and Shanghai Qipao dresses from the 1920s. It is interesting to see how their clothing matches with the old train, and how their clothing reflects the various cultures in the city. People can not only experience the “Nostalgia” train, but also reminisce about the old days through exploration of past fashion trends.
At a university that tends to hold the arts in a higher standing than sports, student-athletes deal with low interest and travel challenges. Through it all, though, those who compete for the Violets take pride in decades of history and accolades.
Guns Don’t Run is a five-man punk-rock band that came into being four years ago. It happened when three men decided to combine their fandom for a European soccer club, Arsenal, and their passion for hardcore punk. The men have been friends for more than a decade and punk-rock lovers for a lifetime. They come from different walks of life, have different day jobs and wildly different personalities. They have one common bond – Arsenal, a team they worship utterly and unequivocally.
“We’re friends. This is our hobby, our card game,” bassist Miran says. “We do everything we love – drinking, watching football (soccer), and playing music.”
The third attempt at starting a National Women’s Soccer League in the United States began in 2013. Unlike the previous efforts, the NWSL successfully progressed into its fourth year, a feat that had never been accomplished before. This time around, there are sponsors, television coverage, and most importantly, fans.
Sky Blue Football Club, the only professional women’s soccer club in the tri-state area has witnessed the rise of an enthusiastic team with big names like Christy Rampone and Natasha Kai as players. They have also enjoyed unwavering support from their supporters’ club, Cloud 9.
The LGBTQ community and the New York Immigrant Coalition both held marches to Trump Tower (Fifth Avenue location) this past weekend.