This Wednesday, approximately a dozen students attended classes and went through their usual routines in silence. These students wore informational cards and blue ribbons to explain their act of protest against Trump’s executive order on immigration. This was only the first part of the Day of Silence Demonstration, which organized by Sam Page via Facebook. The small informational cards worn by participating students explained the cause of the demonstration. These cards were titled with the header #WhyIMarch.
The small informational cards worn by participating students explained the cause of the demonstration. These cards were titled with the header #WhyIMarch.
“In solidarity with green card carrying refugees, Muslim Americans, immigrants and everyone who will be affected by Donald Trump’s exclusionary policies, I will take a vow of silence today (February 1, 2017) as an ally or as someone who will be personally affected by these procedures…I will give up my voice today as a small gesture to those who may lose theirs in the coming years,” the cards read.
According to these cards, participating students were also showing solidarity with Muslim Americans and anyone who has been negatively impacted by the executive order.
At 4:30 p.m. on that same Wednesday, students participating in the Day of Silence Demonstration gathered on the steps of Wiley Hall to begin a march around campus. Several faculty members joined them on the steps, including Travis Proffitt and Maggie Obermann.
Chants of “No Ban, No Wall,” “Love not Hate” and “This is what democracy looks like” could be heard echoing around campus as the small group of students made their loop around campus.
After the students marched around campus and returned to the Wiley steps, they held an open forum ‘town hall meeting’ in Wiley auditorium.
Sam Page led an informal group discussion on how to deal with upcoming changes in the Trump administration, from addressing concerns about personal liberties and civil rights to fostering inter-community discussions with people on the other side of the political spectrum.
Dean John Holloway attended the ‘town hall meeting’ to sit in on the student discussion. William Seidel, a student who did not officially participate in the Day of Silence, also joined the conversation. on trying to make progress in today’s emotional political climate.
Sam Page, who initially expected only one student to show at the demonstration, was thrilled to see a larger group of students joining in.
– Orion Rummler