Mobilize : Speaking Out in Washington DC
Saturday, February 4th was the second time citizens came together in the nation’s Capitol to voice their frustrations, concerns, and anger at the Immigration ban ordered by the Executive Branch on January 27. This was the second protest held in Washington, D.C. in just 8 days, and consisted of thousands exercising their First Amendment Rights. The protest was mirrored around the globe as furor over the action seemed to increase in spite of a federal judge's ruling temporarily blocking the ban the evening before.
“I’m Iranian born and Islam is my religion,” one attendee tells us, “This policy is against the American values of freedom of speech and racial equality. It reflects negatively on the country’s image. The United States is no longer known as the land of freedom…”
Beacons of information for citizens seeking to express their frustration over the ban, such as A New Year's Revolution and The Amplifier Foundation, raced to keep up with the sheer volume of cities and organizers banding together to stand against acts of jingoism that threaten the country's founding principles.
The gathering of diverse people to voice their opposition in passionate, but peaceful, protest has the ability to unify, empower, and give voice to a democracy. It’s for this reason that this same attendee felt so strongly about showing up, in-person, for the protest. The large turnout demonstrated that this isn’t a one person - or one religion - issue. The matter strikes at the heart of America's legacy of freedom, it's leadership as a democracy, and it's foundation as a land of immigrants.
Hobnob is working with A New Year's Revolution to bring you up to date information on all protests around the country . For updated information on DC protests text #NoBanDC to 462 662 .