This past Saturday, my roommate and I, along with several hundred Tallahassee residents and college students, went out and marched in protest of the Muslim ban, a recent executive order signed by President Trump that bans the entry into the U.S. from several predominately Muslim countries and the wall that Trump has proposed to build. The event was led by the Women’s March Florida Tallahassee/Panhandle Chapter who partnered with FSU’s Students for Justice in Palestine.
It was my first time actively participating in a protest and it was an exhilarating experience. We all met up in the Free Speech Zone on the Florida State campus where we were given directions, guidelines, and warnings (specifically those that were more at risk for targeted hate-crimes like people in the LGBT community or Muslims participating) in case someone from outside the protest wanted to get violent with us.
The march ran all the way from FSU to the Florida Capitol building where we had guest speakers share personal stories about how the ban affects them and/or their loved ones. It was inspiring to hear their stories because they were fighting for something they believe in which was that we should be helping those in need, not shutting our doors (or building walls) on them.
Some of the phrases we shouted while marching were humorous and others were very truthful so I thought I’d share them:
“Donald Trump, you orange clown, build a wall? We’ll tear it down.”
“Say it loud, say it clear: Refugees are welcome here.”
“Power to the people. No one is illegal”
“When Trump threatens Muslim lives, resistance is justified.”
“Do not shut U.S. doors on people hurt by U.S. wars.”
While we were protesting in front of the Capitol, people in cars flicked us off and shouted while others honked in support. It saddens me to know that people agree with the hateful rhetoric Trump spews but also seeing hundreds of others in solidarity gave me hope. Here are some pictures of the march: