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More than 150 protesters gather outside the federal immigration enforcement office in Atlanta.
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Businesses and workers across the nation today have taken the day off to show how important immigrants are to the country's workforce.

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Diana Martinez, who is an immigrant, says she took the day off from her job as a nanny to protest outside the federal immigration enforcement office in Atlanta.

"I told my boss," she said. "He supports me."

Some of the other protesters took the day off too.

Protesters stand outside of the South Domestic Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Sunday. The Atlanta airport protest was among several that occurred in airports across the country.
Alison Guillory / WABE

A few thousand people crowded outside the Atlanta airport Sunday to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration order. They packed onto the sidewalks and some of the lanes outside the airport’s south terminal with drums, megaphones and a lot of signs.

Clarence Alston’s sign was nearly wordless, but captured his general dismay about Trump’s presidency.

“My sign says, ‘Nah Bruh, NOPE.’ Because it captures what I can’t put into a more eloquent phrase,” he said.

Al Such / WABE

Protesters converged at Piedmont Park Wednesday night to speak out against the election of Donald Trump as United States president-elect. It was one in a series of protests around the country that began shortly after Trump was announced as the next president of the United States.

Before the group’s march toward Centennial Olympic Park began, protestors had the opportunity to step to the center of the crowd to tell their stories and state their platform to the group.

Nearly 200 people marched in downtown Atlanta from the CNN Center to SunTrust Bank to demand the CEO stop financing the Dakota Access Pipeline Project on Tuesday afternoon.
Tasnim Shamma / WABE

North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is 1,500 miles away from Atlanta, but nearly 200 people marched downtown Tuesday to protest a Dakota Access Pipeline project.

Atlanta environmental activists said they're concerned about the impact of a pipeline on the reservation’s water supply and sacred lands.

Activists also said they worried about loss of environmental protections in metro Atlanta under President-elect Donald Trump, who is not convinced of scientific evidence supporting climate change.

Protestors moved toward the Martin Luther King National Historic Site in Atlanta during a protest on September 23, 2016.
Al Such / WABE

On Friday evening, hundreds rallied at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, before marching to Ebenezer Baptist Church and then to the Atlanta Police Department's headquarters, where they occupied space peacefully until midnight. 

Attorney Mawuli Davis and Georgia NAACP President Francys Johnson led the crowd Friday evening, marching through the streets of downtown Atlanta. 

Davis said people didn't have to look far when it came to police shootings, calling out names of those who had been killed by law enforcement in the Atlanta area.