Thursday, November 12, 2020. New York City – On Thursday, November 5, 2020, NYPD officers arrested Joel Rivera for not reason. A video shows Joel was asking police officers why NYPD officers arrested other protesters.
On Thursday, November 5, 2020, I covered the rally and march, “WE CHOOSE FREEDOM.” Click the link to see photos: https://www.javiersoriano.com/2020/11/06/joe-biden-kamala-harris-trans-rights-activists/
Today, Thursday, November 12, 2020, there is another rally and march. People will gather at 5PM in front of the Stonewall Inn In Manhattan.
Activists named this demonstration: “LOVE LEGACY LIBERATION. The fight for abolition continues.”
“The fight is not over, the work and stride towards Abolition in every aspect of this nation is still a necessity! Come out because Black Lives Still Matter!,” Joel Rivera says on Instagram.
thestonewallprotests says: “A New person in power won’t get us abolition. See you Thursday. ABOLITION = lIBERATION.”
Joel Rivera said on Instagram after he was release from jail, “In the face of adversity, wear a good lipstick, some stiletto heels and a beautiful gown. I wear who I am on my sleeve, quite literally. There is so much beauty within this movement and I want to continue to represent that. Last night we were targeted and attacked by the NYPD. They come out ready to instigate but our sense of community is stronger then their scare tactics. To the community that continues to come, thank you for seeing Black Lives and fighting for them. To everyone supporting us and sending us all this love, thank you so much. Black Dreams Matter!”
Madison Swart said on Instagram: “…thankfully got this amazing footage of my sister @joelriveraaa‘s arrest last night when the police fucking brutalized our march for black trans and queer liberation….a peaceful protest that we’ve been doing now for 21 weeks. in this video, Joel is asking WHY they arrested two of our comrades (since there appeared to be no reason.)
THE POLICE ACT IN A MOB MENTALITY. they flock. they react violently when they don’t know what’s going on. VIOLENCE AND BRUTALITY ARE NOT THE ANSWER!!!
you got bumped on the helmet so you respond by pushing a black trans woman (Joel Rivera) over a fucking rock and then you want to give her manila envelopes after you take her fucking shoes? fuck you! and fuck you for how you treated my sister and the rest of my family.”
Joel Rivera has been leading rallies and marches for Black trans liberation in Manhattan, New York City every Thursday for 21 consecutive weeks.
Since police officers killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, Trans rights activists have been marching in Manhattan.
Joe Rivera, came out as a trans woman a few weeks ago. On Thursday, November 5, she was wearing a dazzling baby blue ball gown and beautiful shoes for the week’s event.
“When I see pictures of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, especially on the night of the Stonewall riot, they were dressed amazingly. Every single Thursday, even the Thursday when we had 15 people show up, was always a celebration,” said Rivera.
Rivera lost her heels during the arrest and was barefoot for several hours. At One Police Plaza, police officers offered her manila envelopes to put on her feet, but she refused to use manila envelopes.
NYPD spokesperson Detective Sophia Mason said 19 people were arrested at the demonstration.
How much taxpayers had to pay hundreds of police officers at this peaceful demonstration?
In the weekly WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show, Ask The Mayor segment on Friday morning, a caller asked Mayor Bill de Blasio why these small protests require hundreds, if not thousands of NYPD officers, helicopters, and untold amounts of taxpayer resources. Bill de Blasio said that “a new element came into the equation this year, all over the country.”
During this march, an officer shoved New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.
During the arrest Joel Rivera shouted several times: “Stonewall was a riot!”
Joel was released at around 2 a.m. with a ticket for having a bullhorn.
“It’s so unfortunate that 50-plus years since the Stonewall Riots…It is very ironic how it’s the same situation, the same disease that’s still going on. It is scary to have to do this, but it is very necessary. We go home and we cry, we feel so [many] emotions,” Rivera told gothamist.com
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