By Stanley Delgado
LOS ANGELES – Donald Trump’s victory as President-elect has had repercussions across the nation and he has yet to take office.
In the Los Angeles County, anti-Trump sentiments have taken form as school walk-outs and rallies held across the city.
The largest protest was held at MacArthur Park on Nov. 12, just four days after the election. An estimated 8,000 Los Angeles residents joined in on the march.
Kari Marlon, 20, a business major at El Camino College, proudly waved a “Dump Trump” sign as she marched with a group of friends.
“It’s the energy,” Marlon said. “I just think every one is tired of how bigoted and ignorant this country is becoming but the tiredness of it gets turned into an energy.”
“It’s like a passion or an agitation, but also with unity,” said Devon Marlon, 23, a kinesiology major at El Camino. “It’s hard to explain but there’s this sense of community and yeah, even though this feeling is coming out of fear, it’s still a good feeling to see like neighbors, or just people you don’t know at all but to know that you’re all here for the same thing,” he shakes his head. “It’s all happening.” The two Marlon siblings and their friends join in on a chant echoing throughout the streets: “Not My President”.
It is a vague statement but one that seems to reflect those of some other students in attendance of the rally. Trump’s surprising victory after such a close race came as a shock to them and the protest feels like the only way that their voices might be heard.
“It just feels like I was swept under a rug,” said Karen Abidi, 21, a health administration major who is transferring to Cal State Long Beach next fall. “Like I know it’s been said everywhere, about feeling forgotten or like about half of the country just not caring about women’s rights or people of color but I haven’t said anything about it. I thought my vote was saying something about it and yeah, maybe it did, but being out here feels more vital. I can actually hear my voice.”
For others, the protest is not only an outlet to have their voices heard but also to document history, which is what Andrew Guerrero, 22, a film production major at Cal State Long Beach aims to do.
“It feels like anything I say about this election has already been said, you know? And I feel like so many people are like ‘Oh, just calm down – it’s not like your family is being taken away’ and like, yeah, that’s true but it’s that kind of thinking that got Trump elected,” said Guerrero. “To document what’s going on right now, to show everyone else the fear going around and to maybe change minds – I don’t know, that’s what I hope I’m doing. Making people more empathetic.”
The protest carried off well into the night. Out of the 8,000 or so protesters, only 100 were left once they reached the Edward Roybal Federal building in Downtown, Los Angeles. According to police officials, five arrests were made.