Hamtramck, Michigan’s emergency protest against Trump’s executive order.
During the past two years, I sat out a lot. I had a clerkship that required political neutrality, so while I felt especially drawn to Black Lives Matter ally work, I never felt like I could be caught on camera protesting. I also wanted to spend any extra time I had with my baby and husband.
When the 2016 election season was in full force and my job had ended, I also skipped out on diving into election work. While I was watching my baby become a toddler, I leaned on others to do the protesting and writing and lawyering, work that I knew needed to be done. I believe that sometimes we have to sit out a round in order to be kind to ourselves. But most of the time, we need to show up.
While in Detroit for my Mom’s birthday, I read about Trump’s reckless executive order banning many Muslim immigrants from entering the U.S. I got a text of outrage from my sister, who is an entrepreneur in Detroit, and later a text to see if I wanted to meet her at the rally in Hamtramck today. So I went. I was grateful that she had held me accountable and was proud to be part of something important.
Did you protest the ban? How? Where?