On a cold February morning, about 200 people walked to the Brooklyn Bridge to celebrate a victory over the NYPD.
In front of them, a “no-go” sign, a sign that a subway station is closed, was emblazoned.
They were here to celebrate the new subway cars, but the signs were there, too.
A group of young men and women from the group called “Sisters of the Train” had been standing in the rain on the sidewalk outside the bridge, waiting for the doors to open.
When the doors did not open, they set off for the station, where they had been joined by a handful of people wearing black shirts emblazened with a black “NO GO” sign.
The sign was one of the many signs that had been placed by New Yorkers to help them find new ways to protest.
But it was different than any of the other signs the Sisters of the Trains had erected in the past.
“It’s just that this time, it’s the first time in years, people are being told, ‘You know what?
We can’t come in.
We’re not going to get the money.’
That’s why it’s been so effective,” said Annie E. Wolde, a member of the Sisters who is now an assistant professor at Brooklyn College.
“We had a couple of people in the subway, but we got so many people to do this that it really started to resonate with people,” she said.
The sisters of the train were not alone in their struggle.
The New York Police Department issued several warnings to subway riders on February 18, warning that they could be arrested if they walked to stations.
It was the second such warning this year after an April warning was issued for wearing the “NO GAY” banner on the subway.
But there was no way to be certain of what would happen to riders who walked to a station.
The Sisters of Trains were not there to make any money from their protests.
They only wanted to give people a voice.
The idea for the signs came to the sisters of train by accident.
When they decided to walk to stations in Brooklyn to protest, the sisters had no idea what would become of the signs.
They walked in the dark, and one sign was taken.
When another one was taken, the brothers had no choice but to set up shop to find the remaining signs.
After several months of painstaking work, the group of Sisters of Train were finally able to find a way to place the signs at stations and make money from the process.
Now the Sisters have placed signs in more than 20 subway stations around the city, and their members are making the same kinds of money.
“Our goal is not to make money,” Annie E said.
“But we can see that this is changing the way people see the world, and how people think about their communities.
We can see how a different way of thinking about the world is beginning to change people’s attitudes and behaviors.”
As a result of their work, more than 100 subway stations have been redesigned.
The group has also partnered with New York’s public transportation authority, PATH, to make more than $4 million in new signage to increase ridership.
This year, the Sisters will start working with the New York State Department of Transportation to begin installing signs in Brooklyn and Queens.
They also plan to put more signage in Brooklyn, and plan to move signs from their current location in New York to one in Manhattan.
“These are the same signs that we were doing last year, but this year, we’re going to do them in Brooklyn,” Annie said.
With more people being able to see what is happening, the community is beginning the process of transforming their subway system into a place that can be more inclusive.
And this is only one step toward making this a better place.
“This is not about us.
This is about people who are tired of being marginalized and treated like second class citizens,” said Sister Maddy K. Brown, one of Annie’s fellow Sisters of train members.
“People are tired and they are tired because of a system that treats people differently.
It’s about getting people to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s about showing that we can change the system and make it a place where people feel valued, safe and supported.”
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