The United States is currently divided. Whether you support the current president or his policies, it is becoming increasingly clear that there is a division being created. Week after week, march after march, protest after protest, the American people are not taking any of the President’s policies sitting down. Most recently, the immigrant population decided to hold #Adaywithoutimmigrants. On this day, February 16th 2017, businesses, students and those in solidarity with the immigrants of this country refused to go to classes or shut their businesses down in order to make a statement. Whether they were personally affected or would be affected by President Trump;s immigration orders or they were simply in solidarity with their immigrant neighbours, co-workers or friends, local business and even Mcdonalds chains shut their doors.
The ripple effect that President Trump has created appears to bringing out the inner activist and igniting a flame in millions of citizens who are feeling unheard and attacked. They are taking to heart the words of Rosa Parks when she said, “It is better protest than to accept injustice.” As a member of the Hofstra student body, being surrounded by such a diverse group of people, from international students, to immigrants and students on DACA, the current political climate is heartbreaking. The only solace I can personally find is seeing the passion that has been ignited in the hearts of millions of young and old people who are fighting against the grain and joining forces to fight the patriarchy. I can only hope that we can fight every injustice with the success and fire that brought the immigration ban to a halt.