Show Up Today
I drove to LAX last night.
Once there, I joined a crowd of a couple hundred people. They–we–demanded release of Muslims from certain countries detained based on a Trump (read: Bannon) executive order issued yesterday.
A California congressperson informed us one Iranian student had already been deported. She and others were at the airport demanding access to the detainees.
As I stood chanting, hoping that so many people show up for Sunday solidarity at airports, I regretted deeply how I contributed to this outcome.
As I drove home, I thought of a post I wrote in October. In “The could-have-been soul-kin of Anne Frank,” I wrote:
I thought about the quiet inaction of those who watched as Nazis committed genocide. They likely hoped they’d earn safety for themselves and their own if they remained silent.
I understood that the U.S. coming-for actually began at least fifteen years ago.
I thought of three kids who’d stood chanting opposite me at LAX.
They don’t deserve less than my or your non-Muslim kids. In fact, what we do to protect them will profoundly impact the safety of all our kids … forever.
So if you’re wondering what you, just one person, can do? You can donate to the ACLU, busy fighting this heinous executive order. It was the ACLU that earned yesterday’s stay that, unfortunately, wasn’t acted on quickly enough at some airports.
You can call Congress, multiple times every day. You can show up at city council meetings, and other local political meetings. You can call your friends and bring them with you.
And today? Today you can drive to your nearest airport, and join others in saying, “Not on my watch!”
You don’t need to know what you’re doing tomorrow. Just … please, please, show up today.