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Next Rally for Refugees Scheduled for Wednesday Night at DCA

by Prince Of Petworth January 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm 39 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Ben Crosbie

Rally for Refugees at DCA:

“Wednesday, Feb. 1st
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
6 PM – 8 PM

On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees and citizens of 7 predominantly Muslim countries: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia. As a result, refugees and visa-holding migrants have been detained at several airports, including JFK and SFO. The order has since been stayed, but the fight is far from over.

Join us for a rally at Reagan National Airport to demand the release of all those detained and to tell President Trump that we stand with refugees. We will not be afraid to call this what it is: Islamophobia. We will not look away and we will not be silent. If the administration wants to make airports places of oppression, we will make them places of resistance. All of them.

Speakers will include:

Firas Nasr, WERK for Peace
Alli McCracken, DC for Palestine
Lillyanne Daigle, DisruptJ20
Yvana Petros & Grant Smith, No Lost Generation GWU
Carolyn Karcher, Jewish Voice for Peace
Becca AbuRakia-Einhorn, IfNotNow
Ramah Kudaimi, DC Justice for Muslims Coalition
Jeffrey Moy, Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
Rev. Graylan Hagler, Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
Raed Jarrar, American Friends Service Committee
Maha Hilal, National Coalition To Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF)
Darakshan Raja, Washington Peace Center & Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum”

  • John Donne

    Shouldn’t they be protesting at Dulles instead?

    • JohnH

      Who on earth looks forward to traveling out to Dulles!? But yes, it’s primarily a domestic airport. Still, most people don’t know that.

  • anon

    I support this in theory but would note that DCA doesn’t have international processing.

    • LGformerlyofMt.P

      I was just wondering about this

      • LGformerlyofMt.P

        “Reagan National has United States immigration and customs facilities only for business jet traffic; the only scheduled international flights allowed to land at the airport are those from airports with U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance facilities. Other international passenger flights must use Washington Dulles International Airport or Baltimore–Washington International Airport.”

    • Trinidaddy


    • Elvis’s Mom

      My understanding is that they were trying to make this more accessible for people who don’t have cars, since Dulles is not so easy to get to.

      • Dedicated To The Cause


      • dcd

        That’s ridiculous. We’re going to have a rally at a place where the problem we are protesting isn’t; an issue, but we can’t have it at an appropriate place because we have to be inclusive, and having it where there actually is a problem could inconvenience some people. Social justice, you know.”

        • JohnH

          How many people outside DC know that Reagan is domestic?
          Not many.

          • Anon

            Everyone that’s flown into it and knows that it’s called Reagan National Airport. We are kind of a tourist destination. And if it’s reported on they’ll use the name. Sorry, this just isn’t a good look

          • dcd

            It’s right there in the name.

          • JohnH

            I think you guys really overestimate the deductive reasoning of people in this country.

        • Elvis’s Mom

          Hey, I didn’t plan it – just giving you the information I saw. That said, maybe they were able to get a permit at Reagan, or think they’ll have a better chance getting media coverage for their specific event there. There’s a lot going on all at once; not all of it is as organized as it should be, but I feel like we can’t really complain unless we’re ourselves organizing protests.

      • textdoc

        Seems like it would be better to have it at the White House or in front of the Supreme Court, rather than at an airport that’s not an airport where people are being affected by the immigration ban.

        • Anon


        • AMDCer

          Agreed, but I have to say, I was surprised at the lack of (national) media coverage of the march from the WH to Capitol Hill on Sunday. Seems like protests that were at airports or later in the day got all the attention.

      • Ben

        The silver line / Washington Flyer shuttle bus make Dulles fairly easy to get to. Still a long ride – but pretty accessible for those without cars.

        • Anon

          Sure, but that means the protest won’t get going until late because people have to spend an hour traveling after they get out of work.
          I might go to this one– I can walk there from my office.

      • Michael Pierce

        Hilarious. “I so wanted to be part of the protest at Dulles, but I’m terrified of crossing District boundaries and I heard the edge of the earth is out there! And there’s no Capital Bikeshere station, either!!!”

        • Anon

          You do realize DCA is also in Virginia?

          • Michael Pierce

            Yes, but just barely. It even has a Washington DC mailing address.

    • anon

      I had a similar reaction. Also, I get that we’re trying to harness this surge of activism, but I do think we need to focus a bit and realize that this is going to be a *loooong* haul. I’ve been to two protests this week and I’m worried about the other EOs in the pipeline targeting low-income legal immigrants. A few, really big protests is better, I think, than daily anemic ones.
      Also, DC residents need to have energy for the VA governer’s race this fall, the Comstock race in 2018 and the Hogan race in 2018. Frankly the rest of the country doesn’t give two sh*ts what we think unless and until we affect elections in areas they care about. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

      • LGformerlyofMt.P


      • JohnH

        I just want Comstock to lose so I don’t have to see her frightening commercials that we are all going to die from ________.

      • ST21

        Let’s gooo Hogan. Good dude.

        • houseintherear

          He’s screwing over public schools pretty well in favor of businesses at the beach, so I don’t consider that “good dude” behavior. Oh and taking 5 mill from public schools next year for charters, which will only grow in future years… yeah, it’s not good at all.

          • dcd


          • ST21

            Know him personally. Great guy. No politician is perfect- obviously.

  • ST21

    Protesting at an airport that doesn’t have international processing is hilarious. Nice work.

  • JoDa

    I could support this if it happened *Thursday* evening. Why? Many Congress critters get out of town on Thursday evening, using National. Muck it up then!

    • MtP

      This is a great idea, and is the only reason I would think doing it at DCA over Dulles makes any sense. If they timed it for when literally dozens, if not hundreds, of Congressmen and Women would be traveling through DC, that would have an actual impact.

      • Nathan

        +1 makes a lot of sense.

      • Truxtoner

        Or, said Congress persons hear of said protest and just book their flights out of BWI or Dulles to avoid it.

        Also, I get that Dulles is far. But come on. People are being detained AT DULLES. Go there. Protest. Or honestly why would anyone take you seriously. Set up a bus, van, or Uber pool process so people can share rides. This isn’t hard. And activism isn’t lazy.

  • Patrick Division

    If the protesters were to DRIVE up and take a looong time to “unload passengers,” while pedestrian protesters were to meander slowly in large groups around check-in and security, it could be quite effective in disturbing airport operations. Not that I condone this sort of behavior.

  • Anon

    Thanks for the heads up but the location doesn’t make sense to me. If the idea is to grab attention while being conveniently located to ppl without a car…why wouldn’t we just use one of the many choices INSIDE DC? Like… the lawmakers are right here?? News stations are camped out around here all the time already. And if it’s to be convenient for folks in VA, just have it at Dulles. This just makes us look dumb. Sorry to be Debbie Downer but I hope this location is a one time thing

  • bje22201

    I don’t really understand the point of protesting at airports or even at the Trump Hotel for that matter.

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to go yell in front of the White House?

    • JohnH

      I also think the Supreme Court is not the best location. While I strongly disagree with it, I also wouldn’t be surprised to see it hold up in the courts (afterall we know Rudy helped write it so it would).
      I think getting on members of Congress would be most effective. Many Republicans have put out very tepid/vague responses. Many of them do not want to fully embrace it and are just trying to get by without taking any sort of official stance on it. That’s who should be pressured.

      • Truxtoner

        Rudy didn’t do Trump any favors by basically conceding the ban was to keep Muslims out. The proper analysis take in to account the intent. It isn’t just about the words on the page.


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