POST- ELECTION PROTESTS ARISE IN DENVER
PEOPLE WANT THEIR VOICES HEARD
Many Americans felt disheartened, disappointed, and unsafe in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8 for the presidential election of the United States.
Much of Trump’s campaign dialogue was cited as racist and hateful. Realizing that much of America shares his views and have undermined the fight for equality, disgruntled Americans have chosen to speak out.
Immediately protests and calls to spread the feelings of love and unity began to fill Auraria Campus, Denver, and many US cities. The events were hosted n the name of inclusion and solidarity for all students.
Students who felt distressed by the election results were invited to attend different events on campus in attempts to encourage feelings of safety as quickly as Nov. 9.
The LGBTQ Student Resource Center held a “Community Dialogue” for students to discuss the election results. Auraria students also held an event in the Tivoli Quad where students were invited to stand together in a circle and pray or simply stand in solidarity.
In addition to campus events, protests began Thursday night in Denver at the State Capitol building. Thousands of people flooded the streets of downtown Denver carrying signs saying “#NotMyPresident” or “Love Trumps Hate” in protest.
Protesters sang together in a myriad of chants as they marched from the State Capitol through the 16th Street Mall in an outstanding exercise of First Amendment rights, eventually shutting down I-25.
Following Thursday night’s protest, the Community for Unity group emerged—a Facebook group composed mostly of Denver citizens with 1,500 members and counting. Members of the group are committed to helping in the fight for a better America and to spread love to those who have been direct victims of Trump’s vindictive campaign dialogue.
The Community for Unity held another protest on Nov. 13 at Civic Center Park and has created more events for people to attend in the coming weeks.
These peaceful gatherings allow people who are in distress to enter a safe space and provides them the opportunity to be reminded that they are surrounded by support and love. They also allow for people to exercise their right to free speech, after feeling as if their voices were disallowed by the electoral college in the election.
CU Denver Chancellor Dorothy Horrell released a statement through the University’s Facebook page following the election, sharing that the campus thrives on its diversity and encourages students to be mindful when sharing their opinions on the election in a public setting, in contrast to CU President Bruce Benson’s remarks, stating that “in democracy, there are winners and losers, and not everyone is going to go home happy.”
Chancellor Horrell also shared resources for students that are looking for additional assistance and support.
Counseling is available for free through the Student and the Community Counseling Center and the LGBTQ Student Resource Center.
In the aftermath of the election, people vehemently against the Trump presidency are coming together and standing their ground, proclaiming are letting one thing: this fight is not over.