PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Organizers called Wednesday’s emergency meeting “Let’s Unite to Stop President Trump,” basically a movement for people who do not support President-Elect Donald Trump.
This meeting gave people the chance to talk about their concerns and fears. Then, folks took to the streets in East Liberty to peacefully protest against the future president of the United States.
“NO TRUMP, NO KKK, NO FASCIST USA” was what the marchers were chanting as they took to the streets of East Liberty.
“We wanna put message out of love not hate,” anti-Trump supporter Benjamin Haake said.
Wednesday’s protest brought out hundreds of people all against Donald Trump being elected the 45th president of the United States. Pittsburgh’s protest was just one of many taking place across the country.
“My husband and I were feeling hopeless last night with the news, so we wanted to be around the community and around people. We felt injustice and didn’t match the belief system, and ideals,” anti-Trump supporter Kelly Keever said.
Kelly Keever was one of the people standing in the crowd outside the Ace Hotel in East Liberty. She attended an emergency meeting. This meeting took place before folks took to the streets in peaceful protest. The focus of the meeting was surrounded by discussion. It allowed people to express their fears, frustrations and discuss ways to move our country forward and create a safe space in the community once Trump is in office.
“It feels like a big loss and whenever there is a loss. People need to be together to support each other,” Haake said.
Most of the people here say they don’t want to see our country divided any longer and aren’t confident that Trump can close that gap.
“It’s not necessarily a political thing. It’s about hate in our country. It’s about divided we are by racism, sexism, we can’t let that happen,” Haake said.
“It depends on our aptitudes and willingness to organize and hold all elected officials accountable, and not just the presidential administration,” anti-Trump supporter Dustin Gibson said.
This movement is very new and organizers hope this is the first of many discussions to take place. They also plan on having other protests in the future and are confident that as a community they can make a difference once Trump takes office in January.