In despair attempts to oppose the newly elect President Donald Trump and his views, the Irish and the American progressive activists are to host an event on St. Patrick’s Day, echoing for human rights and welcoming the immigrants in New York City.
The organizations are calling it the ‘Irish Stand’. The event is to be held at Manhattan’s West in Riverside Church on Friday evening. It will have speakers from the Irish civil activity advocates board, including actors like Colum McCann & Gabriel Byrne, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin who is Irish Labour Party Senator and comedian Maeve Higgins. Artists American faith leaders and activists like Shaun King will also be present at the event.
Tickets for the event would be $15 and the proceeds of it will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.
St. Patrick’s Day holds special significance for the Irish people as it happens to be their Independence Day as well.
Sen. Ó Ríordáin appealed to the Irish govt. to criticize Donald’s xenophobic rhetoric. “We have a strong voice and we need to use it,” Ó Ríordáin said. “We have to say, ‘Look, on this day, on the day that everyone considers themselves a little bit Irish, we have to speak up for immigrants everywhere.’”
After Ó Ríordáin’s famous November speech, various activists, including Shaun King, contacted him with the target of collaborating with him for their efforts on transatlantic civil rights. For Ó Ríordáin, Trump’s election was the result of a nationalist wave sweeping across the Western countries, which involved United Kingdom’s vote to exit the European Union (Brexit).
“We feel it keenly in Ireland because we’re right between Trump and Brexit. We’re right between the two major earthquakes in the Western world over the last year or so,” he said.