More Anti-Trump Protests to Come to South Florida 

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 The fun isn’t over yet. 

Since Tuesday’s unexpected election results there have been a number of anti-Trump protests happening all over the country. The New York Times recently published a map showing the biggest protests in the states, ranging from hundreds of protestors to thousands. 

 Jae Kanella,19, attended last Friday's protest in West Palm Beach carrying a sign with a famous poem from Martin Niemöller:

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."

"We can recognize when our elected officials do not represent the voices or opinions of the American people," Kanella said. I came to the protest out of personal responsibility, which Donald Trump has to own up to and assure, to every single citizen that he intends to represent as our leader.

Gabriel Garcia-Vera attended the rally in Miami on Friday and wants people to know they are not alone.

"When Wednesday morning rolled around like most people I think all I could think about was grieving. What would I tell my nephews, my family, how did we get here when we had done so much work to change the outcome," he said. "By the time people began to start organizing I couldn't think of doing anything other then taking to the streets. While shutting down the streets doesn't change the results of the election I hope that it shows to people that they are not alone. We are preparing for the long fight and you are not alone."

With signs reading “Not My President,” “The P**sy Grabs Back” and “The Future is Nasty,” people across the country are making it known that they aren’t happy with the President Elect. But the protests aren’t over yet —  South Florida still has peaceful assembly events scheduled for the coming weeks.

Here's a list of this week's upcoming rallies. 

 

RISE UP Rally, Hagen Park, Wilton Manors 

Saturday, November 19 starting at 5 p.m. at Hagen Park.

A peaceful anti-Trump rally is being held at Hagen Park, and all non-violent participants are welcome. 

“Come as you are to the Peaceful Protest against Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric and environmental policies,” reads the event’s Facebook page. “Nasty Women, Pantsuit Nation, Nasty Queers, Trans folks, People of all faiths, people of all skin colors, BLM, LGBTQ Allies, Amazons, Earth Defenders! We will NOT be silenced! We will Rise Up! We re Strong Together!”  

The page warns interested individuals to prepare for sporadic weather conditions and marching. It is recommended to bring comfortable clothes and shoes, water, snacks, ID and a small amount of cash.

The protest is non-violent, and signs are encouraged to reflect that theme. Though the protest is occupy-style, authorities are expected to cooperate. 

 

Dump Trump Demonstration, Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach

Saturday, November 19 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 1100 S Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, Fl 33480. 

Following a discussion on the history of the American Socialist movement, the Fellow Travelers Community Action Group will be hosting a Trump Protest at Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago. 

 “We will be bringing the struggle to the wealthy on their turf,” reads the event’s Facebook page. “Bring signs and chats. All power to the people.” 

The event page and its members have received threats from different people and groups, such as a statement from the group, So Florida ROCK & ROLL 4 TRUMP, who promised that “500 bikers and veterans to meet” the protesters on Saturday, according to the event page. 

“We’ve been getting some colorful feedback from Trump supporters,” The Fellow Travelers posted on Facebook. “So max turnout would be best.” 

 

Love Trumps Hate, Trump Plaza, West Palm Beach 

 Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 525 S Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach Fl, 33401

 This peaceful assembly is taking place on Friday in at the Trump Plaza, which the event page specifically pointed out is no longer owned by Donald Trump, as it was foreclosed in in 1991 when Trump defaulted on a bank loan. 

 “Throughout history, the most powerful changes in the world have occurred through peaceful assembly,” Luis Garcia, the event page’s organizer posted on Facebook. “Do you want to continue our message a few more times for the world to see how so many of us in Palm Beach County are deeply affected by what happened Nov 8? Join us at Trump Plaza in West Palm Beach.”  

 Facebook group PBC United Against Trump is also advertising this event.

 “We are the popular vote,” PBC United posted on Facebook. “We voted against bigotry, racism, homophobia, sexism, islamophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and all other forms of hatred that Donald Trump embodies. We will use the power of our majority to send a definitive message to local, state and national government leaders that we will not support nor stand for any agenda proposed that does not explicitly honor and protect the civil rights of the American people.” 

 The protest has a long list of ground rules to ensure that participants stay safe and are prepared for the events. To read the rules and get involved in the event discussion, check the event’s Facebook page


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