To be completely honest, the answer is no. But here I am. One thing has become apparent very quickly, if I’m going to do this, it will require a commitment to a lifestyle of resistance. What does that lifestyle look like? In this case, it means putting down my coffee and the Sunday paper, racing up the hill to catch the next Marin Airporter and heading to the San Francisco International Airport. It’s day 2 of the NoBanNoWall demonstration, the protest that originated at JFK the previous afternoon when Michael Moore posted a call to action, “If u are in the New York area, stop what you’re doing right now and head to JFK Terminal 4. If you live near other cities with International airports, go there and do the same. Let’s jam these airports immediately! Spread the word! #NoMuslimBan.”
So what does a budding activist do? I heed the call, stop what I’m doing, and head to SFO. By the time I arrive, the street and sidewalks in front of Int’l Arrivals are packed with hundreds of people. A chorus of “Donald Trump Out, Refugees in,” plays in an endless loop, orchestrated by a young woman with an amplified bull horn. This is my first “real” protest. Last weekend’s march was more of a rally for something, not a protest against something. This is different. I don’t feel the same positive energy that flowed through the D.C. crowd. There’s still the feeling of solidarity, but this time it’s mixed with shock and anger, and a hint of fear. Just seven days in and 45 is fulfilling one of his many disturbing campaign promises; he has issued an Executive Order (EO) titled “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.” The EO indefinitely bars all persons from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia from entering the country. His justification for the EO is to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists.” Don’t get me started on the fact that the U.S. hasn’t suffered terrorist attacks from refugees or immigrants from the seven countries named in the order. I guess 45 doesn’t realize that acts of violence usually come from within, that terrorists are usually home grown.
Day 2 and more than twice as many people show up. Just one short week in and he’s proven wrong all those folks who thought his campaign “talk” shouldn’t be taken literally. He wouldn’t really build a wall with Mexico, he wouldn’t really create a Muslim ban.
I guess I had better buy a couple pairs of comfortable shoes; I think there are going to be a lot of weekends like this.