According to event organizers, about 25,000 protesters packed the streets surrounding Trump International Hotel and Tower near Central Park the night before Donald Trump’s inauguration to protest.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Michael Moore were both speakers at the anti-Trump rally. However, they were not the only high-profile figures in attendance — Robert De Niro, Mark Ruffalo, Alec Baldwin, and Cher also joined the protesters.
Environmental advocacy group Greenpeace and activist organization MoveOn.org organized the “We Stand United” rally along with other local nonprofits. According to the organizers, they planned the demonstration in order to “stand united and send a message to President-elect Trump and Congress that New York will protect the rights of people and the environment.”
Mark Ruffalo, Alec Baldwin & myself will be holding a massive rally in NYC in front of Trump International Hotel this Thursday, 6pm! Come!
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 14, 2017
In a series of tweets, de Blasio pledged his support and confirmed his attendance.
This is New York. Nothing about who we are changed on Election Day. Let's get to work. January 19th. Columbus Circle. Be there.
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 16, 2017
Join me on 1/19 at Columbus Circle to remind our next president of his hometown's values & continue the work of solving America's problems. pic.twitter.com/7O3j2oLvsP
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 17, 2017
In his speech to the “We Stand United” protesters, de Blasio explained,
“Donald Trump may control the agenda in Washington, but we control our destiny as Americans.We don’t fear the future. We think the future is bright if the people’s voices are heard. We will fight this together.”
De Niro told the group of protesters,
“We Americans, we New Yorkers, we patriots will stand united for our rights and the rights of our fellow citizens.”