New York — Three female immigration activists climbed a replica of the Unisphere in front of Trump International Hotel and Tower on Tuesday, dropping a banner reading “Love No Border: Stop the Deportations” from inside the 30-foot-diameter metal globe at Columbus Circle in Midtown. The activists were members of Reverend Billy’s Church of Stop Shopping, a radical performance troop and choir, which often mixes humor and earnest acts of civil disobedience to decry racism, climate change and stringent immigration policies.
A member of the choir, New Sanctuary Coalition NYC co-founder Ravi Ragbir, was recently released after being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this month. He continues to face the threat of deportation.
From within the globe-shaped orb, the banner-droppers — Savitri D., Monica Hunken, Robin Wilson — led supporters below in chants before they were led away and placed in a custody van by the NYPD. “Donald Trump’s immigration policies are endangering lives and tearing families apart,” the group said in a statement.
Photo: Members of the Church of Stop Shopping at Columbus Circle, Tuesday. Credit: Erin Sheridan.