Filed under: Action, Anti-fascist, Northeast, Queer, Trans
Report on defense of children’s event in New York against the Proud Boys and far-Right groups. Originally posted by United Against Racism & Fascism-NYC.
On Thursday, hundreds of New Yorkers showed up at the Jackson Heights Library in Queens for a joyous community defense to protect Drag Story Hour from the far right.
Though harassers and violent fascists showed up — including Proud Boys and known Nazis — they were vastly outnumbered and humiliated by our incredible display of love and solidarity.
NEW YORK CITY LOVES DRAG STORY HOUR!!
Today, hundreds of New Yorkers showed up at the Jackson Heights Library in Queens for a joyous community defense to protect Drag Story Hour from the far right.
— United Against Racism and Fascism NYC (@UARFNYC) December 30, 2022
We sang, we chanted, we made noise, we played music, held banners — and let the fascists know that they were NOT welcome.
Instead of relying on cops, antifascist community members helped escort families and performers safely from the library.
In addition to brutalizing NYC residents who came out to support and protect a childhood literacy event from Proud Boys and literal Nazis, the NYPD once again escorted the Proud Boys to the subway & let them ride for free.
This is standard operating procedure for the NYPD. https://t.co/16Zq2cT9Cy
— New York City Antifa (@NYCAntifa) December 31, 2022
The Drag Story Hour itself was a huge success. It was filled to capacity with kids and their adults. We are grateful to them, and to the performers and library staff who refused to be intimidated by the far right!
Thank you to all the New Yorkers who showed up today. Together we let the world know that NYC will continue to stand up against fascists when they threaten our communities!
currently in queens, new york — proud boys are protesting a drag queen story hour. the lgbts have outnumbered them about 6 to 1 pic.twitter.com/GuxrX9fh14
— matt (@mattxiv) December 29, 2022