#NoBanNoWall Washington, DC Protest, 02/04/16
The Second Protest Against Donald Trump’s Religiously Discriminatory (Muslim) Immigration/Refugee Ban
For the second weekend in a row, protesters seeking to make their voices heard in opposition to Donald Trump's controversial Muslim ban took to the streets of Washington, DC, rallying near the White House and then marching to the Supreme Court.
Cries of, "No ban, No wall," and jabs welcoming Trump to his 15th day in office dominated the march, complimenting an ocean of clever signs and the beat of a snare drum — all symbolic of America's new, peaceful revolution for an open and welcoming democracy.
While this protest did not draw as many demonstrators as last week's, the crowd was still large enough to line Constitution Avenue with minimal gaps, and the diversity and energy found within it were exceptional.
When asked what drew him to the protest, Mark Babiak, a DC Native and social rights worker stated, "When he [Donald Trump] passed that ban, it literally came against everything good, and to hide a Muslim ban under the guise of national security is reprehensible; it's catering to fear. And my grandparents are immigrants, they were refugees after World War II! And you know, forcing people out loses us a lot of human capital...and...if we don't protest, nobody else will."
Atee Fa, whose family hails from Iran, and whose mother holds a green card to the United States repeated Thomas Jefforson's, "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty," quote, ultimately stating that, "those are the words of our founders. It's our duty to resist." She also mentioned question on the ease of her mother's future visits to the United States, but felt confident in the potential success of the movements and voices seeking to secure Democratic freedoms.
Crowds remained calm, yet passionate throughout the entirety of the march, even when crossing in front Donald Trump's new DC hotel; no calm could stop them from shouting, "Shame!" however. Museum and store patrons on the outside of the march largely welcomed the presence of the protesters, and police officers working security for the event were calm and cordial, as well. Altogether, it seems that the day was a success as the protest came to an end in front of the Supreme Court, where a large crowd continued to chant, and various people separated to excitedly embrace their friends.
With the news that Federal Judge James L. Robart of Washington instituted a temporary stop of the ban on Friday night, and that the Departments of Homeland Security and State will return to standard immigration protocol, it seems that these protesters, their legal and political allies, and those adversely affected by the ban have had their voices heard.
While the coming weeks might be filled with further controversy, and likely further protest, Democracy in action has proven itself to be successful yet again, and the tumultuous time that America is currently in does not seem to be promised to destiny any longer.