Trump Victory Sets Off Protests On Both Coasts
Donald Trump’s presidential victory has set off protests early Wednesday on both coasts.
From Pennsylvania to California, Oregon and Washington, hundreds of people hit the streets to voice their opposition to Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.
In Miami, women of color gathered Wednesday morning at the Torch of Friendship at 401 Biscayne Blvd, holding an event in the first 100 hours after the election that called on the community to stand together. They mobilized in 14 other states, as well, sending a message to President Elect Donald Trump that they “will not accept a leadership rooted in sexism, misogyny and racism.”
“Our communities are immigrant, said no to hate,” said one protester. “We are all afraid of what may come, but we are stronger when we are organized.”
The event was organized by leaders from the Miami Workers Center, Haitian Women of Miami, New Florida Majority, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice, the Women’s Fund, Community Justice Project, Florida Immigrant Coalition, The Women Emergency Network, AFL-CIO Florida, and Victims Response Inc/The Lodge.
Although Trump lost Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, he won the rest of Florida on his way to the presidency.
“We will build a broad front against racism and misogyny in this county,” another protester vowed.
In Los Angeles, police said at least 500 people swarmed on streets in and around the UCLA campus, some shouting anti-Trump expletives and others chanting “Not my president!”
There were no immediate arrests.
Smaller demonstrators were held at University of California campuses and neighborhoods in Berkeley, Irvine and Davis and at San Jose State.
In Oakland, more than 100 protesters took to downtown streets. KNTV-TV reported that protesters burned Trump in effigy, smashed windows of the Oakland Tribune newsroom and set tires and trash on fire. Police said they issued one citation, but no one was arrested.
The California Highway Patrol says a woman was struck by a car during the protest and severely injured.
In Oregon, dozens of people blocked traffic in downtown Portland and forced a delay for trains on two light rail lines. Media reports say the crowd grew to about 300 people, including some who sat in the middle of the road to block traffic. The crowd of anti-Trump protesters burned American flags and chanted “That’s not my president.”
In Seattle, a group of about 100 protesters gathered in the Capital Hill neighborhood, blocked roads and set a trash bin on fire.
In Pennsylvania, hundreds of University of Pittsburgh students marched through the streets, with some in the crowd calling for unity. The student-run campus newspaper, the Pitt News, tweeted about an event later Wednesday titled “Emergency Meeting: Let’s Unite to Stop President Trump.”