At LAX protests, a teachable moment for parents
LA School Report | January 29, 2017
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The East Coast protests started haphazardly enough Saturday afternoon. Washington, D.C., residents started gathering at Dulles International Airport around the same time New Yorkers were trekking to JFK’s international terminal — rallied by Facebook Live videos and social media posts that decried President Trump’s new executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries, including Syrian refugees, from entering the United States.
It was a few dozen, then a few hundred. Then a few thousand spread out across the country, as spontaneous demonstrations popped up further west — notably at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.
Within hours, a full slate of Sunday protests had also been announced, going viral on Twitter as people encouraged their followers to turn out the following day. Boston’s Copley Square, New York City’s Battery Park, D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue, and, of course, the airports: Philadelphia at 2 p.m., Chicago at 6, Los Angeles at 5, Boston at 7, Seattle at 5, JFK all day.
If Saturday evening’s protests were notable for their speed and spontaneity, Sunday’s protests were notable for the complexion of the crowds. Cutting across races, nationalities and age groups, uniting those who have birth certificates with green card holders, Americans took to the streets on Sunday.
And for many, it was a family affair.
I love how many ppl are bringing their kids to these protests. These will be good memories for those kids to have.
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) January 29, 2017
At several airport actions Sunday, the sidewalks were dotted with kids — some grown, some small — as parents turned a peaceful protest into a teachable moment: about citizenship, community and free speech. In particular, the protest at Los Angeles International Airport saw families turn out in force. Several kids spoke about their own immigrant experience with parents or family members who came to the U.S. to start a new life.
Below, a few of the sights and sounds of students taking part in the Los Angeles protests — as well as a few other images from across the country:
— jen yamato (@jenyamato) January 30, 2017
— Reza Caviani (@rcaviani) January 29, 2017
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) January 30, 2017
this little kid at the protest today was so cute. he was holding balloons that said "Refugees Welcome Here" pic.twitter.com/YS9dzXg8mw
— ivan (@Ivanibr) January 29, 2017
— Tchaiko Omawale (@tchaiko) January 30, 2017
— Sanika Bhargaw (@sbhargaw3) January 29, 2017
Just ran into a @scscholars DACA kid at the protest. Stand strong.
— Alex Rubalcava (@AlexRubalcava) January 29, 2017
— Martin Ponce (@martinponce767) January 29, 2017
— Yan Sham-Shackleton (@YanShamS) January 29, 2017
— Steve Sobel (@steve_sobel) January 29, 2017
— Lil Ego™ (@EricGolstonII) January 30, 2017
— Jane Edith Wilson (@JaneEdithWilson) January 29, 2017
— Marianne Alleyne (@Cotesia1) January 29, 2017
There's a child pit at this protest! pic.twitter.com/U3i8kf3fI5
— Jim (@deathmtn) January 29, 2017
— Paul Weaver (@weaverphoto) January 30, 2017
This kid winning so hard at the Portland airport pic.twitter.com/tLQBaimHRU
— Laura Hudson (@laura_hudson) January 29, 2017
— Thinker (@SmellTheTea) January 29, 2017