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This page was created in response to a fellow-protester/activist who suggested that it would be great for people to have one place to go to find out about protests, gatherings, and other events going on in this post-inauguration era. People were disappointed that they missed out on events because they heard about them too late.
I thought it was a great idea to have one central location listing events, so I started this page.
Also, when the JFK airport protests started I was so frustrated that I wasn’t out at JFK to be able to protest with the people against this outrageous executive order!
I looked online and saw that there were protests at Dulles airport as well, except they were calling it a “greeting squad” where people were present in “international arrivals” with signs, balloons, and flowers to greet passengers arriving from other countries. The signs let them know they were welcome in the United States.
So then, it occurred to me that we could protest at the Minnesota Airport – MSP. I created a FB event and set the gathering for later that same evening – Saturday January 28 about 5 hours away.
That Event spread like WILDFIRE!! There were around 150 people who came to the International Arrivals area in baggage claim at MSP. I didn’t have a permit but I had talked to the Airport Police and let them know what I was planning. They worked with us.
A lot of people arrived – between 100 and 200 people. It was amazing.
There are two very rewarding parts of coming out, speaking out, taking a stand and unifying our voices.
First: The people who come out! Everyone is represented!! There are moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, children, babies, college students, high school students, and more!
It is so inspiring and reinforces what I believe about America. It is good!!
Second: The impact we have on people who see us!!! People stop and watch us. They smile at our signs and us. People clap along with our chants. They sing along with us – a group of 3 retirees whose flight had arrived at the airport stopped to sing “This Land is Your Land”. It is SO amazing. I can’t even describe the feeling. You have to be there to fully understand the feeling.
I did not organize the event on January 29 at MSP but I was there for part of it.
I did organize another event on January 30 and we were back at the airport. This was organized in response to more requests for opportunities to protest from people who couldn’t make the two earlier events.
We had such amazing energetic people with us!! A lovely retired couple joined our gathering, but they hadn’t seen the event on Facebook. They had just been waiting at the airport for a protest to start so they could join! And join they did!
Also, the impact we had on people last night was unforgettable! We had people honking in solidarity with us, clapping, and the people across the street at the Terminal were clapping and one man even stood up on a concrete pole and was dancing along with our singing.
So, I will continue organizing protests and events and will list them here. I will also list events for other organizations.
Keep checking back!
I would encourage you to become involved in whatever way you feel comfortable!
We cannot be silent any longer.