Demonstrators gathered at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on Saturday afternoon on January 28th, 2017. Protesters gathered near the international terminal in an event sparked by President Donald Trump’s executive order enacted Friday which temporarily banned citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for the next 90 days.
The official starting time for this last-minute call to action was 3pm, but people arrived in waves from all over the bay area. Initially the protest was held inside the terminal, but when numbers started to grow, the crowd filtered outside along the sidewalks. The crowd quickly expanded and SFPD began to block off the loading zone. The entire street was eventually closed to all incoming traffic.
Throughout the demonstration, several people shared stories of either their own personal immigration or those of their parents with the crowd. Chants and slogans were shouted out and gained the attention of cars passing by, who would honk in support followed by the uproar of the crowd cheering.