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One woman’s Facebook post spurred the massive airport protests after Trump’s Muslim ban

By 9:20 a.m. Saturday, Jacki Esposito, an attorney who works as a policy consultant based in New York City for immigration nonprofit organizations, knew that Trump’s order was already in effect at airports across the country, where travelers from banned countries were already being detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

So, she posted on Facebook: “We should all be at airports across the country protesting right now.”

Seventeen minutes later, an organizer named Molly Sandley responded. “Anyone organizing? I’ll help,” she wrote.

Sandley has a wide network of connections in New York City and beyond. She’d worked on the Obama campaign in 2008, and spent the weeks before Trump’s inauguration organizing buses from New York City to the Women’s March on Washington.

“Don’t ever invite Molly to your party,” Esposito joked in a phone call to Mic later on. “Because she’ll bring 1,000 of her friends.”

And that’s exactly what she did. Read more

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