The Not My President’s Day Rally At Columbus Circle In New York City

Thousands protest in front of Trump International Hotel In New York City. (Photos by Juan Jimenez/simplyjuan.com)

On All President’s Day, thousands of New Yorkers took advantage of the fact they did not have to go to work today and gathered to protest “Not My President’s Day Rally” in front of Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle in Manhattan.   The purpose of the rally was meant as a show of rejection of the Donal J. Trump administration.

Please follow the link to my images gallery of the event at New York’s Columbus Circle.  You may also follow an additional link, which takes you to the Spanish language daily, El Diario NY, which covered the event and published one of my photographs.

I Am A Muslim Too Rally In Times Square

‘I am a Muslim too’ rally in Times Square. (Photos by Juan Jimenez/simplyjuan.com)

Thousands join ‘I am a Muslim too’ rally in Times Square, with many carrying signs in disapproval of the Donald J. Trump administration.   Many rally participants carried home-made sign to take their solidarity with each other to the streets.

I Am A Muslim Too Rally amongst the dignitaries and speakers were Susan Sarandon, Russell Simmons, and New York City First-Lady, Chirlane McCray.  Prominently showing support for the Muslim community were many from New York’s Jewish community.

Please follow the link to a photos gallery of the day’s events.

Free Speech in Action at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Philadelphia is the birthplace of American Democracy and as such, provided the perfect backdrop as it hosted the DNC.

Slide Show | Photos of demonstrators outside the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

The 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) was held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 25th-28th, 2016.  On July 25th, 2016, I proceeded to the an area just outside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to witness and document some the political demonstrations, and social protests, taking place thereat.  Philadelphia is the birthplace of American Democracy and as such, provided the perfect backdrop as it hosted the DNC.

The DNC is the formal nominating event for the Democratic candidates for President and Vice President of the United States.

Protesters and witnesses to the events outside the Well Fargo Center came from all over the country to witness or have their voices heard.  Some felt disenfranchised as they were prevented from attending the actual Convention activities held inside the Wells Fargo Center.

Crystal, a Morgan, West Virginia resident, informed me she had been a registered Bernie Sanders volunteer for the past year but was denied access to enter the Wells Fargo Center to support Mr. Sanders.  Others in Crystal’s delegation of volunteers had been denied access to the Center as well.

A contingent of local and Federal law enforcement agencies were on hand to provide security to the venue, while ensuring demonstrators and observers coexisted peacefully.  Most importantly, the police presence ensured all who wanted to exercise their right to free speech.

For a historical commentary on past Democratic National Conventions held in Philadelphia read the following Opinion at Philly.com: Article.

I hope you enjoy the following images I made at the 2016 DNC in Philadelphia, PA: 2016 DNC, Images Gallery.