It was exhilarating protesting alongside our fellow Americans against Trump's #MuslimBan. Hundreds of Muslim travelers have been detained in US airports over the past few days. Because of this, people of all races, religions, and backgrounds have come together in solidarity at airports across America to oppose Trump and support Muslims, immigrants, and refugees. The airport in Houston was at full capacity and in the end, all detainees were released (at least 50 people, possibly more) Alhamdulillah. Truly, "United we stand, divided we fall." 🌍💪✌
Hours after President Donald Trump signed into effect an executive order barring entry to the U.S. for citizens of seven Middle Eastern nations—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen—protestors across the nation began showing up at airports in support of the thousands of travelers who suddenly found themselves detained without notice.
Many, like the Iranian engineer who works here in Houston for Chevron and was on his way home from visiting his mother post-heart surgery, were permanent residents and green card-holders who found themselves unable to reenter the country.
In addition to peaceful protests on Saturday and Sunday at Bush Intercontinental Airport, hundreds more Houstonians came out to Discovery Green on Sunday for the second large public protest downtown in the span of eight days. On Twitter yesterday, Mayor Sylvester Turner lent his voice to those gathered in protest, writing:
Houston has been and will be a welcoming City. Our diversity is an asset and our strength. And as your Mayor, I represent every Houstonian. This is my EO: in this City we shall love, respect and appreciate everyone regardless of their differences and we shall do it peacefully. In this City, we don't build walls; we build relationships. We don't separate families; we value them. We don't hate; we love.
Below, a sampling of photos from the protests at Bush Intercontinental Airport and Discovery Green:
I am probably the least political person you could imagine. I hate discussing politics, especially these days. I've been feeling convicted after recent events, and especially after attending church today and being reminded about the importance of being honest with yourself, I can't maintain my passivity anymore. I held this sign at my first ever protest today and I'm so glad I went. Feeling like this is just the beginning. #nobannowall #jesuslovesrefugees #houstonprotest #peacefulprotest
This is what #democracy looks like! By no means is protesting enough though. Please, if you have not already: Register to vote! Contact your local and state representatives, they work for YOU, let them know what YOU want. (If they don't do what you want... be vigilant and #vote them out!) Donate to ACLU. Join http://www.oneresistance.com/ #lovetrumpshate #nobannowall #houston #houstonprotest #protest #berniesanders #feelthebern #powerofthepeople #iah #houstonwehaveaproblem #oneresistance
This woman right here. We were across from each other and when we made eye contact, I almost cried. I don't know what it was but I could see in her eyes that she had such devotion and passion for this moment. So to my dear anonymous mom standing up for your son's rights, thank you, thank you, thank you. I stand with you. #houston No #muslimban #protest