Welcome back to campus everyone!
The Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization has already been busy. This past weekend, along with our allies in Students for Justice in Palestine, a number of us went downtown for a rally against Islamophobia. The rally was called as a counter-demonstration, because the Tea Party had called a protest against the building of Park 51, a planned downtown Muslim community center and prayer space. The right-wingers went so far as to invite the Dutch fascist Geert Wilders to speak. All in all, their rally was a disgusting display of anti-Muslim hatred. But we made sure to let them know that their racism was unwelcome in New York. Close to 5,000 people (according to NY1), came out to reject the Tea Party and said ‘Muslims are Welcome Here!’ Read more about the protests here.
Here are some pictures of the ISO’s contingent. If you want to get involved in organizing against Islamophobia, come to our kick off meeting at Barnard on Thursday 9/16 at 7:30. More details in the next post!