Human rights activist Kerry Kennedy joins Irish author Colum McCann, comedian Maeve Higgins and feminist writer Mona Eltahawy to celebrate immigration this Saint Patrick’s Day weekend.
The human rights activist and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, will speak on immigration and her father’s legacy this Friday, March 16, in the Riverside Church in Manhattan. The date will mark 50 years to the day when RFK announced he was to run for the US Presidency.
Kennedy will be speaking as part of Irish Stand, a grassroots movement dedicated to civil rights protections for all immigrants, who last year gathered over 1,500 people to the same venue to celebrate immigration with immigrants of all nationalities.
They return to Riverside this year with CNN political analyst and national affairs correspondent Joan Walsh as Master of Ceremonies.
“It's important for Irish Americans to reclaim our social justice tradition and stand with the immigrants of all ethnicities and races. I'm proud to take an Irish Stand on behalf of the strong, equitable multiracial democracy the United States is trying to be,” said Walsh.
The event will also include speeches and performances from Irish comedian Maeve Higgins, poet I.S. Jones, Irish author Colum McCann, NYCLU board member Terry McGovern, Editor-in-Chief of Miss Muslim NYC Jenan Matari, Broadway star Kathryn Gallagher, and feminist writer Mona Eltahawy.
This is so kind! I'm looking forward to it! https://t.co/K0uAjoqPy1— Kerry Kennedy (@KerryKennedyRFK) March 8, 2018
“A year ago, we had no idea what the Trump Administration would bring, but we came out strongly against the Muslim Ban,” said Irish Stand co-organizer Caroline Heafey.
“Now, in 2018, we feel an even stronger sense of urgency in advocating for the rights of all immigrants. We will not sit back and watch as this rhetoric of racism grows from the White House. We call upon anyone who cares about the future of this country to take an Irish Stand and support the NYCLU and all immigrants in a celebration of Ireland’s immigrant history.”
Irish Stand will begin at 7.30pm on March 16, 2018, doors opening at 6 pm. General admission tickets are available at $20 and $8 tickets for students, seniors and immigrant groups are available through here.
Proceeds from the event will support the New York Civil Liberties Union and their work to defend immigrants.