Say it Loud and Say it proud!!
No Hate, No Fear Solidarity March
January 5th, 2020
A sea of people gathering in the cold clear air, joyous, proud and ready to be counted, we streamed into lower Manhattan, snaking around the court house, the African burial ground, and city hall. At one point we can hear the steady rhythmic beat of drums, eventually we got to see its source- Fogo Azul-( https://fogoazulnyc.com/) an all-woman drum circle in the style of Brazilian carnival with a lovely and poetic Portuguese name to go with it. Soon after, near the opening of a subway a group of Habonim Dror members began singing sweetly in Hebrew, a bit further up a few teenagers began a chant- hey ho- hate and fear has got to go.
Walking, slowly, often standing shoulder to shoulder with people was the shape of the day, but it was- as Heschel said after Birmingham- praying with your feet. It was about proclaiming to ourselves, to our children to our neighbors- to all the good people of this amazing city: we were always here, and we are not hiding!! We are proud and loud and joyous and ready to keep on doing what we always do, right here in the midst of the beautiful chaos, the creative friction and global synergy that is life in New York.