It’s been quite a last couple months. From separating over 2,000 migrant children, banning Muslims from 7 countries, arresting over 500 peacefully protesting women, to the shooting of 5 community journalists–all in the span of weeks–it’s hard not to feel like this nation is coming unhinged. But, thankfully, The People have resisted, marched, protested, rallied. I spent the last couple weeks on the ground as much as I could. Following is my media and documentation…
*A note. There have been many actions, small to medium to large, organized by many great people throughout this distressing time. What follows is not meant as a comprehensive list just a representation of what I chose and was able to attend.
Tuesday, June 19–Community Alliance for Global Justice starts holding daily vigils in front of the Seattle ICE office. I headed down Thursday. My gallery:
Tuesday, June 26–Racist Supreme Court 5-4 ruling is handed down in favor of the Muslim travel ban. #StandWithMuslims rally is held on the steps of the William Kenzo Nakamura courthouse. I was there but was so upset and scattered that day that I forgot my camera battery. Sadly, no photos. But I was able to capture some powerful video moments on my phone:
As this rally is taking place, another critical action is wrapping up blocks away. Community had gathered to support tireless, undocumented freedom fighter Maru Mora at her second court date after being targeted by ICE for deportation. Following, activists marched up the hill to spontaneously join Stand With Muslims in solidarity and both groups chant together in loud, fiery chorus.
Reverend Dr. Kelle Brown, Plymouth Church United Church of Christ in Seattle, leads the rally in song.
CAIR-Washington Executive Director, Aneelah Afzali, closes with why there’s still hope and why we need to keep fighting.
Saturday, June 30–Finally, end of the month, the #FamiliesBelongTogether national call to action grips the country. Protests are held in all 50 states. I attended the rally at SeaTac Detention Center. My gallery:
We’ll see what July brings. But despite uncertainty I know there are people–many people–who will not take any of this sitting down. And that gives me hope.