With an anti-immigrant president, many street vendors — and not just vendors! — are justifiably scared. In New York, many vendors are undocumented, and just as many are Muslim — two groups Trump has singled out. Due to their frequent contact with the criminal justice system, vendors are particularly vulnerable during these scary new times.
However, vendors are not just feeling scared — they are organizing. On November 21st we participated in a Sunset Park rally organized by Council Member Carlos Menchaca. On December 2nd, we took part in the Jackson Heights “Hate Free Zone” rally. And yesterday — Inauguration Day — we stood with other NY Worker Center Federation groups to launch Freedom Cities, a worker-led response to Trump’s agenda. We will continue to be at the forefront of organizing, without fear, to advance diversity, inclusivity, and peace.