In Atlanta, demonstrators marched in front of the I.C.E. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) office. While in Chamblee, word spread rapidly as the Latino community gathered at the front entrance to Plaza Fiesta on Buford Highway – protesting President Trump’s deportation policy and his adherence to a “campaign promise”. Some found out about the demonstration by word-of-mouth, others through social media. One lady said she heard of the demonstration from an online [advertisement announcing a] yard sale.The crowd was made up of an array of protestors made up of individuals, couples, parents with small children, and mothers with infants in strollers. They held signs, banners, and large flags waving as passing motorists honked horns in affirmation. Some motorists had their own signs and held flags out of car windows.
The Post interviewed a number of protestors whom were eager to speak, but would not give their names. The united crowd chanting in Spanish, while one woman translated what was being said, “we are a union and we want to stay together”. From her cell phone, she showed an app that had the caption “Small, fired up crowd so far,” posted a few hours earlier. By 2:30 PM, the crowd had grown, appearing to be nearly 200+.
This was not only a nationwide protest rally, this was a boycott standing up for immigrants. They weren’t only speaking with their voices, they were speaking with their wallets. Some businesses were also honoring the boycott in support of the immigrant community by closing. According to AJC, a number of Atlanta restaurants were participating in the boycott.
“Today is a boycott,” another woman told The Post. We spend our dollars and have an impact on America, she said.
Trying to get some indication if the boycott was having an impact, The Post asked management from a couple of known fast-food restaurants on Buford Highway as to whether the boycott was having an impact. They were not allowed to comment. But the usually crowded establishments, had only a hand full of customers at the time.
The Chamblee Police were also on location to keep the protestors out of the street. As the protest continued, at one point a small crowed began to march towards the end of the block and back again. “A Day Without Immigrants” protest in front of Plaza Fiesta continued for hours – in to the early evening.