Russel Simmons headlined a rally yesterday (Feb. 19) in New York City in support of Muslim Americans and in protest of the immigration policies recently put forward by President Trump.
Over a thousand people attended the Times Square rally, which was organized by several groups, including the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. Contributors called the rally “I Am a Muslim Too,” although people from various faiths were in participation.
The protestors chanted “We are One,” holding American flags and “No Muslim Ban” themed signs.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed at the peaceful event that he felt “we have to dispel the stereotypes,” and that the United States is “a country founded to protect all faiths and all beliefs.”
Today I joined thousands of New Yorkers in Times Square to make something clear – we the people, we will have the final say. #IAmAMuslimToo pic.twitter.com/idG5l34oMG
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) February 19, 2017
Simmons told the rally that the Muslim community was being used as a “scapegoat,” but that “diversity will prevail.”
Hearing that there were between 7,000-10,000 people who came to the #IAmAMuslimToo rally today!! An absolute incredible show of solidarity! pic.twitter.com/gAFOrx6JFG
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) February 19, 2017