Interviews: New Yorkers Speak

Keosha Sterling, 21, Jamaica, Queens, public relations intern

“I expect that the political change will be that people will think about politics in a different light, and will be doing more research on the people involved in politics and will not be rushing into any decisions, be it voting for the President of the United States or voting for your local congressman.”
(Interview by Nicole Kirichanskaya)

Max Jefferson, 29, Jamaica, Queens, podcast host

“I do think the protest have a significant impact on how the current administration will approach policy due to the huge amount of backslash they might receive later on. The power of free speech will put a lot of pressure on the new administration to shape policy that is ethical and beneficial for all rather to an elected few.”
(Interview by Ashley Moulier)

Andy Chen, 26, Brooklyn, student and Navy veteran

Trump is just one person in his administration but these protests are bigger than he is because in a weird way, his actions are uniting people to stand up for the equality of all Americans.”
(Interview by Brandon Moy)


Cynthia Lang, 69, Manhattan, Beth’s Farm Kitchen, Union Square Greenmarket

“I am not someone who is going to go into a large crowd and march, but I’m really trying to find a way that I can support the effort in some way. I think we have to do something active.”

(Interview by Dorothy Pitti)


Risa Yuminaga, 20, Manhattan, NYU Student

“I’m an international student and I feel like there is no one to really fall back on if something happens.”

(Interview by Holly Ng)



Crystal Tejada, 26, New York City, assistant director of student activities, Baruch College. 

I hope they continue but only time will tell. If we continue with the same energy maybe it will have an impact.”

(Interview by Elizabeth Barzman

Timothy Baerga, 22, Queens, Pharmacy Student

“I think there are several movements and causes against this year’s election beginning to rise even more so, but they all collectively belong to one movement, and that’s a fight for rights.”

(Interview by Paola Cisneros)



Luz Correa, 46, Queens, Public Relations

“At some point, the rhetoric will subside and there will be a positive discourse around all of the important issues we face as a country.”

(Interview by Tiffany Ponce)



George Stelios, 58, Astoria, Queens, florist

“Everyone has their own opinion and they’re stronger than ever nowadays. There’s no middle ground, you know? So I think these protests will disappear sooner or later, but you never know, I’ve seen crazier things.”

(Interview by Michael Petropoulos)



Ena Rasic, 21, Queens, medical student

“A bigger movement will occur and it will not end until we truly receive equality for all; regardless of someones gender, religion, race, or sexuality. These protests will result in change, small or large, hate cannot win.”

(Interview by Adil Selimovic)

Aanchal Somani, 21, Queens, student (participated in Women’s March in Copenhagen)

“This is the struggle of our time, and so many people showed that even in these times of political disillusionment, we as one people are still willing to fight together for what counts, and I am only more than happy to say that I was, and still am, a part of it.”

(Interview by Caroline Czarnecki) 

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