Many supporters of the municipal ID card program stopped by the third annual Hanukkah Vigil, held by the Hudson Valley chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, before the common council voted.
The gathering is in response to what the group calls the spread of hatred and fear. They hope to spread a message of tolerance.
Members of Jewish Voice for Peace say some current policies fuel racism.
"History repeats itself. The same policies are now coming, only they're more brutal. We're separating children from their families, we're deporting people without cause, people of color, immigrants, queer, and trans people are being marginalized and criminalized. It has to stop," said an attendee.
A large LED light board was held up, calling for an end to racism with the saying "We All Belong Here."