Trump protesters: students, immigrants, anarchists and more

A woman who identified herself as J. Stroh sets fire to an effigy of Donald Trump, as a man who identified himself as Blue Velvet blows on the flames, during an anti-Trump protest at Lee Circle in New Orleans. Nov. 9, 2016 (Matthew Hinton/The Advocate via AP file photo)

TERRENCE PETTY, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) 11/12 — Donald Trump says the thousands of men and women taking to the streets to protest his election are “professional protesters incited by the media.” But who are they really? The answer varies from state to state. The crowds include high school students, immigrants and anarchists.

“There’s no professional protesters here,” said Jennie Luna, a 40-year-old professor of Chicano studies at California State University-Channel Islands, just north of Los Angeles.

The day after the election, she organized what she called a “self-care circle of courage” on campus for students who needed an outlet for their distress over Trump’s win. The event morphed into a rally and march that lasted several hours.

“I am fearful for what will happen to the undocumented, I’m fearful of losing my reproductive rights,” she said. “And I’m fearful of the unknown.”

America’s new president has made many promises about changes to “make America great again,” such as undoing some regulations on companies.

He has also made pronouncements that have struck fear within certain groups of Americans — women, Latinos, people with disabilities and racial minorities, among them. The protests that have spread across the nation are against Trump, but more pointedly, they are expressions of concern about how personal lives could change.

Isadora Clemente Zurie, 21, was among those at a Thursday night protest in Salt Lake City, Utah, riding in her wheelchair with the crowd.

“I’m disabled and I’m LGBT. I’ve been bullied all my life” she told The Salt Lake Tribune. “Now I’m in a world where for just being me, I could lose my entire life.”

College students whose parents moved to the United States illegally are worried that Trump will follow through with his threat to rescind President Obama’s executive order that protects young immigrants from deportation.

At a Thursday night protest in Philadelphia, 23-year-old Jeanine Feito held a sign that read “Not 1 More Deportation.”

Protest organizers are using a tool that Trump made such effective use of — social media. Tweets and Facebook posts have called people to demonstrations across the country. Trump’s election spawned a popular new hashtag: “NotMyPresident.”

Izzy Steel had never participated in a protest until this week, when she demonstrated outside Trump Tower in Chicago.

Bothered by Trump’s statements about women and immigrants, the 23-year-old acting student, who voted for Hillary Clinton, heard about the event on Facebook.

“Even when you lose, it’s important to show you’re not defeated,” Steel said. “It was more about showing that we won’t lie down or succumb to the hatred.”

She planned to protest again in the coming weeks.

“I’m just more humiliated than anything that he is representing my country,” she said.

Some of the protests are occurring in cities with a history of political activism such as Portland. In the 1990s, the staff of then-President George H.W. Bush dubbed the city “Little Beirut” because of the demonstrations his visits provoked.

An organizer of the Portland anti-Trump protests is 23-year-old Gregory McKelvey, who has been a spokesman for the black activist group Don’t Shoot Portland.

At a Thursday night protest by about 4,000 people, masked anarchists marching with the otherwise peaceful protesters smashed Portland store windows with baseball bats, among other acts of mayhem. The protest became a riot and ended with 25 arrests.

On Friday, McKelvey defended the demonstration.

“It was our aim to channel the shared frustration, fear and anger that is so alive among so many of us,” he said in statement.

He disavowed the rioters: “The violent actions that occurred last night had absolutely nothing to do with our group.”

In Louisville, Kentucky, 23-year-old Mallie Feltner looked online for an event to vent her frustration but found none. So she decided to organize her own. The call spread through social media and more than 1,000 people showed up Thursday night. They chanted about women’s rights, gay rights, the rights of immigrants and African-Americans.

“My focus is showing solidarity to all of the people who felt disheartened and afraid like I did Wednesday morning,” she said. “I want them to feel heard. I want them to know I’m not going to become complicit in it.”

The last time 65-year-old Leslie Holmes participated in protests was in San Francisco in the 1970s, during the Vietnam War. That changed with Trump’s election.

The website developer from Wilton, Connecticut, a registered Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, took an hourlong train ride to New York City to participate in demonstrations on Friday.

“I think the progress we’ve made in the past eight years is something that’s really worth defending,” she said. “This is the first time in 40 years I really felt motivated to put myself on the line.”


Associated Press writers Amanda Lee Myers in Los Angeles; Claire Galofaro in Louisville, Kentucky; Sophia Tareen in Chicago; and freelancer Dake Kang in New York City contributed to this report.,-immigrants,-anarchists-and-more

Posted in: Elections/Election Law, Protests/Civil Unrest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

10 + 6 =

Terms of Use for Posting Comments

Terms of Use

This site (the “Site”) is operated and maintained by Law Enforcement Education Foundation, Corporation (“Company”). Throughout the Site, the terms “we”, “us” and “our” refer to Company.  The words “user,” “you” and “your” as used herein refer to you.

Please read these terms and conditions of use (“Terms of Use”) carefully before contributing content. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, please do not contribute content. Your use of the Site is subject to the Terms and Conditions found here .

By contributing content to the Site, you represent and warrant that you are at least eighteen (18) years old and that you have read and understand these Terms of Use and any amendments thereto and agree to be bound by them. If you are not at least eighteen (18) years old or you do not agree and accept these Terms of Use, you are prohibited from contributing content.

From time to time, we may permit users to submit content to the Site.  You hereby acknowledge and agree that by submitting remarks, comments, suggestions, ideas, graphics, feedback, edits, concepts, comments, photographs, illustrations and other materials (other than personal information and/or registration information) through the Site (individually and collectively, “Submissions”), you (i) grant us a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, transferable, irrevocable and fully sub-licensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, translate, distribute, publish, create derivative works from and publicly display and perform such Submissions throughout the world in any media, now known or hereafter created, without attribution to you; (ii) grant us the right to pursue at law any person or entity that violates your and/or our rights in your Submissions; and (iii) forever waive any and all of your rights, including but not limited to moral rights, if any, in and to your Submissions, including, without limitation, any all rights or requirements of attribution or identification of you as the author of the Submission or any derivative thereof.  We reserve the right to remove any of your Submissions from the Site, in whole or in part, without notice to you, for any reason or no reason.

Submissions are made voluntarily. Any submissions which include personally identifiable information are subject to our Privacy Policy found here .  You may not upload or otherwise publish content on the Site that (i) is confidential to you or any third party; (ii) is untrue, inaccurate, false or other than an original work of your authorship; (iii) that relates to or impersonates any other person; (iv) violates the copyright, trademark, patent or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity; (v) contains any content, personally identifiable information or other information, or materials of any kind that relate or refer to any other person or entity other than the provider of the products, goods or services to which the Submission relates; or (vi) violates any law, or in any manner infringes or interferes with the rights of others, including but not limited to the use of names, information, or materials that (A) libel, defame, or invade the privacy of any third party, (B) are obscene or pornographic, (C) are harmful, threatening, offensive, abusive, harassing, vulgar, false or inaccurate, racially, sexually, ethnically or are otherwise objectionable or otherwise contrary to the laws of any place where such Submissions may be accessed; (D) constitute personal attacks on other individuals; (E) promote criminal, immoral or illegal activity; (F) promote or advertise any person, product or service or solicit funds; or (G) are deemed confidential by any contract or policy.

You are solely responsible for any Submissions you make and their accuracy. We take no responsibility and assume no liability for any Submissions posted by you or any third party.

Unless approved by us in writing in advance, you agree not to: (i) provide or create a link to the Site; or (ii) create any frames at any other sites pertaining to any of the content located on the Site.

We reserve the right, in our discretion, to update, change or replace any part of these Terms of Use for Posting Comments by posting updates and/or changes to our Site.  It is your responsibility to check this page periodically for changes.  Your continued use of, and/or access to the Site, following the posting of any changes to these Terms of Use for Posting Comments, constitutes your acceptance of those changes.