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Copley Square Protest, Boston







I'm making a T-shirt. On the front it will say, "I was a stranger" and on the back it will say "And you welcomed me." I haven't finished it yet, however, so I just carried a sign that said "Welcome Refugees."

I took a bunch of pictures, but this is my favorite:

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This woman's message, at Alewife Station (on the way into Boston), was very moving:

At Alewife station

"I am: Arab Irani American"

Iranian American

This looked like the rugs you can see in the prayer room of a mosque. They're set out by a statue of Phillips Brooks, an Episcopal clergyman.

prayer rugs, Philips Brooks

"All Muslims are terrorized by this presidency"

Terrorized by this presidency

A game of hat-steal going on

a game of steal-the-hat

There are some more here.


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sartorias
Jan. 29th, 2017 11:46 pm (UTC)
These are awesome. Thank you for posting.
asakiyume
Jan. 30th, 2017 12:31 am (UTC)
It's my pleasure. Everyone's doing something. As Faulkner said in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, "We will not merely endure; we will prevail."
yamamanama
Jan. 30th, 2017 01:13 am (UTC)
Someone said this: Miller and Bannon are using Trump as a stooge to try to implement a white nationalist fascist state.
asakiyume
Jan. 30th, 2017 03:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, I saw an elaborate sign to that effect. One guy on Twitter was suggesting that Trump could be baited into getting rid of Bannon if enough people intimated that Bannon was the real power.
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egg_shell
Jan. 30th, 2017 01:35 am (UTC)
Thank you for being there. And I love that tee shirt idea.
asakiyume
Jan. 30th, 2017 03:55 am (UTC)
This executive order is so awful. I cancelled my plans for today so I could go. (I hadn't gone to the women's march last weekend.)

I'll post pictures of the T-shirt when I'm done.
queenoftheskies
Jan. 30th, 2017 01:41 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing. It's so wonderful to see love in action.
asakiyume
Jan. 30th, 2017 03:56 am (UTC)
I agree about seeing love in action ♥
browngirl
Jan. 30th, 2017 03:34 am (UTC)
I saw a beautiful lady carrying a "welcome refugees" sign. Maybe she was you. :)
asakiyume
Jan. 30th, 2017 03:52 am (UTC)
My friend took a picture of me:

Copley Square protest

Was it me you saw? (There were several people I saw with the same message)

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nipernaadiagain
Jan. 30th, 2017 05:37 am (UTC)
Thank you for this post.

Also, it reminds me of the feeling of unity such demonstrations used to give - people putting aside the petty differences to stand for the big issue that matters.
asakiyume
Jan. 30th, 2017 02:13 pm (UTC)
Yes: and everyone advises, carry that feeling of unity with you; don't let your opponents divide you. Eyes on the prize: preserving democracy, an open country, rule of law, minority rights.
sovay
Jan. 30th, 2017 06:25 am (UTC)
I'm making a T-shirt. On the front it will say, "I was a stranger" and on the back it will say "And you welcomed me."

I like that idea a lot.

Thank you for the photographs. We weren't in a position to see the prayer rugs.
asakiyume
Jan. 30th, 2017 02:14 pm (UTC)
OTOH you could actually hear the speakers, maybe? We only had a clue that Elizabeth Warren was there when the chants of "War-ren, War-ren" reached us.
abendstille
Jan. 30th, 2017 06:40 am (UTC)
great stuff! You need to keep that up until he is gone.
asakiyume
Jan. 30th, 2017 02:14 pm (UTC)
I intend to.
rustica
Jan. 30th, 2017 08:50 am (UTC)
Good for you!

And that's an amazing slogan for a t-shirt; I feel I need to say this because I'm totally going to steal it if we have any marches here!
asakiyume
Jan. 30th, 2017 02:19 pm (UTC)
Feel free: Matthew 25:35,

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me --That's the English Standard Version. The New International Version is even more good for opposing measure that shut people out:

I was a stranger and you invited me in
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lizziebelle
Jan. 30th, 2017 11:38 am (UTC)
Thank you for protesting! We need to keep it up.
asakiyume
Jan. 30th, 2017 02:19 pm (UTC)
We do.
lifeinroseland
Jan. 30th, 2017 12:54 pm (UTC)
Love the t-shirt already.
asakiyume
Jan. 30th, 2017 02:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks :-)
xjenavivex
Jan. 30th, 2017 02:57 pm (UTC)
thank you
khiemtran
Jan. 30th, 2017 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you for speaking out!
asakiyume
Jan. 31st, 2017 05:12 pm (UTC)
Very glad I was able to.
danceswithwaves
Jan. 31st, 2017 05:07 pm (UTC)

Thank you for posting, and thank you for going. There were protests near me, but I didn't know until too late and had other plans I couldn't change without letting people down. I also think I have to figure out how I want to choose my activism so that I don't burn myself out. All of it seems important though.

asakiyume
Jan. 31st, 2017 05:12 pm (UTC)
You're so right about needing to choose so you don't burn out. We can't all do everything. Some things will speak to us more loudly than others, and we should do those--and activism on one front shouldn't be seen as belittling activism on another, and people shouldn't do the thing of "Why are you doing X and not Y??"

It's like some people volunteer in nursing homes and other people work with small children and other people do campaigns to pick up litter in their neighborhoods and others foster abandoned animals, and others do pro bono legal work--etc.
dudeshoes
Jan. 31st, 2017 11:55 pm (UTC)
It was warming and even surprising that so many people came out almost on the spur of the moment. I may need one of these a couple times a month to keep going. I'm sure there will be be cause for more rallies.
asakiyume
Feb. 1st, 2017 12:00 am (UTC)
Definitely every indication that there will be cause for more....
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