It’s no secret that New York has seen its fair share of political marches over the past few months, so it’s not surprising that one of the city’s biggest annual processionals aims to get in on the action. This year, immediately following the “sirens” on motorcycles that lead every Pride March and the 2017 grand marshals, is a special “resistance contingent.” For the first time, the beginning of the march is devoid of floats, elected officials and corporate sponsors. Instead, it is led by local activist groups advocating for social justice. Here are three organizations you should cheer on:
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Going strong for 30 years, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power is a nonpartisan group dedicated to ending the AIDS crisis once and for all. The organization, formed in 1987, has been an active voice calling to protect disadvantaged people in our country’s health-care system.
Gays Against Guns
Formed after last year’s tragic shooting at nightclub Pulse in Orlando, this inclusive group of LGBTQ people and their allies is dedicated to fighting for stricter gun-control legislation. This year, Gays Against Guns reprises last year’s moving “Human Beings” performance featuring 49 marchers wearing all-white veils, one representing each of the victims from the Pulse attack.
Rise and Resist
The NYC–based Rise and Resist, formed just after the 2016 presidential election, focuses on organizing direct action. In the past, that’s meant a contentious sit-in at Trump Tower and a street protest with members dressed as Lady Liberty. Participants in the march are encouraged to get creative with their own signs and slogans on T-shirts, hats, banners and capes.
The Pride March is Sun 25 at noon and starts at Fifth Ave and 36th St. Free.