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While some 1,000 Yemeni-American bodega owners rallied outside Borough Hall in Brooklyn on Thursday—during a massive shutdown of the city’s corner stores to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries including Yemen—another vital part of New York’s immigrant workforce rallied in Queens outside the headquarters of ride-share giant Uber.

New York is a city that runs on coffee — not to mention egg sandwiches, candy, cigarettes, chewing gum, beer, single serve aspirin tablets, potato chips, tabloid newspapers and lottery tickets. These are essential provisions in the city that never sleeps.

But our president is threatening to put New York to bed.

It's fair to say Donald Trump is absolutely bonkers.  And his cabinet of billionaires, multi-millionaires, and generals is frightful. He could've got a better cabinet at IKEA.  As Gloria Steinem told the assembled half-million demonstrators at the Women's March in Washington, DC, "he found a fox for every chicken coop. "

Since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, I’ve seen several photos of chalkboards in front of bookstores, reading something along the lines of, “Dystopian Fiction Has Now Been Moved to Current Events.”

It’s a good joke, and one that gets a lot of clicks and reposts on Facebook and Twitter. For a journalist, it also underscores the struggles of accurately describing current events when they do feel impossible, unreal, dystopian.

Donald Trump and his congressional Republican allies have taken control of the U.S. government. The result threatens to be devastating for both labor and the climate — not to mention immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, women, children, the elderly, the disabled, LGBTQ people, and many others.

Our industrialized agricultural system has led to dramatic changes in the way we eat. Americans consume three times more chicken today than they did in the 1960s, while the retail cost for chicken, adjusted for inflation, has decreased by nearly two-thirds.

Give credit where credit is due. I’m the first one to criticize the New York Immigrant Coalition (NYIC) and Make the Road New York, regarding their liberal, sometimes backward stance on immigration.  They’re in bed with the Mayor and the Democrats, but Saturday morning, with the help of BuzzFeed and, of course Facebook Live, these groups started a whole day of actions against President Trump’s sweeping ban on refugees as well as legal U.S. residents from seven majority Muslim nations being able to enter the country.

Poet, environmentalist and quirky creative activist Mark Baumer, 33, was walking along the side of a highway in western Florida on January 21, 100 days into a barefoot walk across America to raise climate change awareness, when an SUV driver veered out of her lane and struck him. He died at the scene. The Florida Highway Patrol said charges will be filed against the driver.

Last Saturday's Women's March was a global protest that brought millions

There is a radicalization unfolding in this country.  It reached its highest point Saturday.  A half-million people turned out for the Women’s March on Washington. In New York City, 400,000 people marched through mid-Manhattan. Hundreds of thousands of people also turned out in Los Angeles, Chicago and other major cities while smaller locales like Portland, Maine saw 10,000 and Ann Arbor, Michigan 5,000.  We saw history being made by people taking control of their own lives. These were some of the largest demonstrations of people we have ever had.