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Activism In NYC This Week: Vigil For Health Care, Confronting Scott Pruitt, Trans Day Of Action

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With Senate Republicans determined to pass legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are trying to slow down the GOP's secretive efforts by gumming up operations in the Senate. Likewise, many of the protests planned in New York over the coming days concern the undead AHCA, with other events also centered around World Refugee Day, the climate, and the final days of Gay Pride. As always, we've rounded up the week's most notable protests—feel free to leave anything we've missed in the comments.

World Refugee Day Action

African Communities Together and City of Refuge Coalition lead this march to Trump Tower on Tuesday to demand the president cease the refugee ban and uphold Temporary Protected Status—a protection currently afforded to thousands of Haitian New Yorkers. The march, organized as part of World Refugee Day, will conclude with the ceremonial Iftar, or breaking of fast, observed during Ramadan.

Tuesday, June 20th, 6 p.m. // Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 245 East 47th Street

Protest Scott Pruitt At The Harvard Club

On Wednesday, one week after the Associated Press obtained emails that underscore Scott Pruitt's close ties to the fossil fuel industry, Trump's EPA Administrator is set to deliver a speech at the Harvard Club in Midtown on the subject of the "The EPA After Paris." Activist group Rise & Resist will picket the event, with the intention of telling the nation's top environmental watchdog/climate change denialist "that the planet is in a state of emergency, that climate change is real, and that access to clean air and clean drinking water are human rights."

Wednesday, June 21st, 11 a.m. // Harvard Club, 35 West 44th Street, Manhattan

Vigil To Save U.S. Health Care

A vigil outside the Trump International Hotel seeks to gather stories from those personally helped by the Affordable Care Act, and to amplify the struggles they'd face under the Republicans' proposed plan. Organized by Rise & Resist, the vigil will last for 24 hours and feature speeches from a number of religious leaders. Attendees are encouraged to bring candles and personal stories.

Wednesday, June 21st, 5 p.m. // Trump International Hotel, 1 Central Park West, Manhattan

Stand Up To Schumer: Withhold Consent 'til AHCA has Public Hearings

As Senate Republicans prepare their version of Obamacare repeal—a bill that some worry could be passed with almost no public review—Senate Democrats are their procedural options for stalling the legislation. On Thursday, progressive activists affiliated with Indivisible will gather outside Chuck Schumer's Manhattan office to demand that the Senate Minority Leader either withhold his consent for the bill or filibuster through an unlimited string of amendments. You can find out more about Indivisible's "Plan to Stop Trumpcare" here.

Thursday, June 22nd, 5 p.m. // 780 3rd Avenue, Manhattan

Bash Back For London Jade and Jasmine Infiniti

Two weeks after two trans women were beaten outside a liquor store in Bushwick, queer activist group Bashback will host a rally in Bushwick's Freedom Triangle Park to condemn the attack. The event, scheduled on the Trans Day of Action and two days before the Pride parade, is organized under the hashtag #NoJusticeNoPride.

Thursday, June 22nd, 7 p.m. // Freedom Triangle Park, Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn

Trans Day of Action

Now in its 13th year, the annual NYC Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice comes to Washington Square Park on Thursday. The event, organized by the Audre Lorde project, will call attention to the "erasure of Trans and Gender Nonconforming people" during Pride season, while also celebrating the launch of a campaign to address housing issues within the TGNC community. Over one thousand people are expected to attend, and a march to a not-yet-named location will follow the rally.

Friday, June 23rd, 2 p.m. // Washington Square Park

Single Payer Rally to Greet Nancy Pelosi

Universal health care advocates will "say no" to Nancy Pelosi when she arrives for a speech at the 92Y on Sunday, with a protest intended to push the House Minority Leader toward supporting single payer health care. Thus far, Pelosi has refused to back single payer, and has responded to reporters' questions by saying that "states are laboratories" for such health care reforms. In New York, a single payer bill has gained momentum in recent months alongside the looming threat of Obamacare repeal, though it looks increasingly likely the legislative session will wind down this week without a vote in the state Senate.

Sunday, June 25th, 7 p.m. // 92Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan

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