New York Freedom Rally (NYFR) is a grassroots organization that promotes freedom in general and health freedom in particular. We believe in informed consent and bodily autonomy, and welcome anyone who supports those positions.
Although many of our supporters oppose social distancing, masks, lockdowns, and vaccines, our primary focus is opposition to vaccine mandates. We believe awareness is a key factor in ensuring freedom, and so we spread our message primarily through rallies and marches as well as social media.
We are in affiliation with World Wide Demonstration, an internationally syndicated community that supports local member organizations in a decentralized manner. All member events are peaceful and nonviolent.
In the Fall of 2020, activist Eric Rassi began providing an open mic at Union Square, a park that has long been a gathering place for political actiivities. People opposed to the so-called pandemic started showing up at a time when everyone was still feeling the pain of the lockdowns. The co-founders of New York Freedom Rally, Jo and Kevin, met there as well as others who became active around the city.
Our first big, organized event was March 20 at Union Square as part of the first World Wide Rally for Freedom. The events are now every other month, and to date have been:
Due to our consistent visible presence, NYFR is now a major player in the New York City health freedom community. We work in coalition with other groups across multiple domains such as legislative, political, commercial, and educational. Because we are beholden to no one, NYFR is able to voice a principled, uncompromised stance on freedom issues.