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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:

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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.

  1. January 29, 2017 at 10:14 am

    YES! Just because Trump got elected doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with every decision he makes. Keep fighting for justice, for the country you believe in, for the citizens of the world!

    • January 30, 2017 at 5:31 am

      Indeed! I was at the airport again yesterday, and it was amazing to see how many people showed up. From a couple hundred people showing up Saturday evening to thousands of people spilling inside, outside, downstairs, upstairs, up into the parking structures. “This is democracy!” one young woman cheered at me as I left and she made her way toward the airport. 🙂

      • January 30, 2017 at 3:35 pm

        Wow that sounds absolutely incredible! We have had protests over here in England as well, so you’re not alone 🙂

  2. January 29, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Thank you.
    Sadly the ban on Muslim arrivals doesn’t apply to those from countries where your president has significant business interests.
    Hissing and spitting from this side of the world.

    • January 30, 2017 at 5:52 am

      While I want people to resist Trump and what his folks are now doing, I also want to be so, so clear that he’s simply building on Obama’s legacy. I mean this in both the narrowest (this specific policy) and broadest (devastating attack on Middle East and African countries whose refugees we then reject) senses. Obama was literally bombing more than a half-dozen predominantly Muslim countries, without too much vocal protest or concern … because he was so “nice”?

      The whole “business interest” thing is what I’d call fake news: media outlets focusing on a small set of facts in a way that either ignorantly or intentionally distracts readers from larger, more disturbing truths. Trump could not establish business in the seven countries already named long before he came to office due to their being “countries of concern.” Four had been on the list for years (Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria); three (Libya, Somalia, Yemen) were added to the list
      by the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. That Act was the foundation that Trump simply extended. You can read more on this here: https://sethfrantzman.com/2017/01/28/obamas-administration-made-the-muslim-ban-possible-and-the-media-wont-tell-you/

      Trump’s troubling business partnerships are with countries the U.S. has–since long before him–authorized for business despite their promotion of terror. Clinton, for whom I could not cast my vote understanding how much terror she sponsored as Secretary of State and whose foundation took tens of millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, had foundation partnerships with the same countries. Trump, again, is simply building on the ground laid by U.S. Republicans and Democrats.

      My husband says it’s more important to let people be angry with where they’re at now. My grave concern, given how lack of historical context has led us here, is that people will look for salvation from half of the originating evil–believing, remarkably, that the Democrats can or will save us, when they long ago abandoned us for business interests. If folks truly believe that Trump came in and worked all of this bad out of the blue in barely more than a week, that there wasn’t already a strong foundation built long before Obama and enhanced greatly under him, we’ll keep looking for victors in villains … at great, great cost to our children and their planet.

      So when I show up to stand against Trump, I’m not just standing against Trump: I’m standing against the system that enabled Trump, and all the millions of lives it’s taken for decades in the name of American hegemony.

  3. January 29, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you for going, Deb. Seeing those airport protests lifted my spirits and made me feel hopeful for our country again.

    • January 30, 2017 at 5:53 am

      It was so amazing to be there, surrounded by people active and participating. I am so hopeful. ♥

  4. January 31, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Some dictators are taking over by force. Some get elected and then slowly take over. Just like Hitler did. And I can’t stop thinking about how much DT and his actions remind me of what I learned in history about Hitler and the way he slowly but surely took more and more and became stronger and stronger… Some people tell me that you can’t compare Hitler and Trump, as the media are not controlled by Trump (say what???), because people are not as desperate as they were back then after WWI… that people are much more educated (…)… I’m not sure… just not sure about that…

    • February 8, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      You nail it, with your first few sentences. One of the first books I read when I started paying attention to politics was Greenwald’s With Liberty and Justice for Some. One of the points he makes is that there are a lot of nation leaders who are democratically elected … but the fact they begin that way doesn’t mean there’s democracy.

      I’m also not sure, for the record. I believe there is so much love and kindness in people’s hearts, but I also believe that politics has been pain for many people for many decades. Given a choice between protecting themselves and their families and what’s right, what will folks choose? I don’t know, but I hope the world U.S. politicians have so devastated for decades will look beyond the politicians to the people … and work kindness for our kids, no matter how deserved based on the leaders’ decades-long, casual acts of devastation.

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