‘We’re not going anywhere’: Millennials march against Donald Trump

They walked out Monday in California, Colorado, Maryland, Washington and other states, many declaring concerns over the president-elect's comments about minorities and the effect he will have on their communities.

By: AP | Los Angeles | Updated: November 15, 2016 3:16 pm
Anti-Trump protesters rally at the Utah State Capitol during a "Protests Trump" event in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Tens of thousands of people marched in streets across the United States on Saturday, staging the fourth day of protests of Donald Trump's surprise victory as president. (Chris Detrick/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP) Anti-Trump protesters rally at the Utah State Capitol during a “Protests Trump” event in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (Source: Chris Detrick/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Students left high school classrooms by the thousands, carrying their signs and their chanting voices into the streets of several US cities nearly a week after Donald Trump’s election. They walked out Monday in California, Colorado, Maryland, Washington and other states, many declaring concerns over the president-elect’s comments about minorities and the effect he will have on their communities.

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Some of Trump’s supporters have called for the demonstrations to stop, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who dismissed the protesters as “spoiled crybabies.”

Trump has accused some of being “professional protesters,” although he said in a “60 Minutes” interview broadcast Sunday that he also believes some are afraid for the country’s future “because they don’t know me.”

Here’s a look at some of Monday’s protests:

LOS ANGELES

More than a thousand students from several schools on Los Angeles’ heavily Hispanic east side marched out of classes. The demonstrations began at Garfield High School, the subject of the 1988 film “Stand and Deliver” focusing on teacher Jaime Escalante’s successful college-level math programs.

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Students with signs and slogans headed to nearby Mariachi Plaza. They were joined by hundreds of students from several schools, many shouting, “Say it loud. Say it clear. Immigration, welcome here.”

Some carried signs that read “Deport Trump,” while others waved the US, Mexican and gay pride flags. Many said they have relatives and friends in the country illegally who they fear will be deported. Brian Rodriguez, 16, was born in the U.S. to parents from Mexico and Guatemala. He said he was offended by Trump’s criticism of Latinos.

“It hurt me inside knowing somebody from outside our race is talking bad about us,” said Rodriguez, carrying a sign reading, “Brown and Proud.” Rodriguez said his school’s principal opened the gates and told students they could participate. Nancy Meza, a community organizer who announced the walkout, said she helped students organize after they reached out to her.

“It was really out of frustration of students wanting to voice their opinions,” Meza said. “And wanting to feel protected.”

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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

Hundreds of students from a dozen high schools in Oakland skipped classes to demonstrate. They called on California cities to remain sanctuaries for people in the country illegally, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee vowed Monday to maintain that status.

Administrators had hoped students would return to class quickly, but they did not ask them to stop protesting, Oakland Unified School District spokesman John Sasaki said. “We support our students’ First Amendment rights,” he said.

DENVER

About 200 middle- and high-school students left two Denver charter schools to march to the state Capitol, where they chanted and held up signs saying, “Millennial voice matters” and “Make peace not war.” Police and school officials escorted the students along city streets to ensure their safety.

The protesters called out “Si, se puede” — Spanish for “Yes, we can” — and “The people united will never be divided.”

Noelie Quintero, 17, said they represented Latinos, Muslims, women and others marginalized by Trump. “We’re not going anywhere — we’re going to continue to stand strong,” she said. “Even though we’re only 16- and 17-year-olds and we can’t vote, our voice matters. What we believe matters, and we’re not going to stop.”

PORTLAND, OREGON

In a city that has seen large and destructive protests, a few hundred students from several schools walked out of class to gather in the rain near City Hall. The group held signs saying “Students for change” and “Love trumps hate.” They marched across a bridge, some of them climbing up it, while officers stopped traffic.

It was peaceful, following smashed windows and other vandalism at recent rallies. Daily demonstrations have led to $1 million in damage and more than 100 arrests. A protest organizer says activists were contacting counterparts in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., and other cities in an effort to stop Trump from prevailing on his issues.

“Trump is going to be president, so we need to prepare for that,” said Greg McKelvey of the group Portland’s Resistance. McKelvey said they want to ensure local governments fight racial disparities in policing and help address global warming.

SEATTLE

Thousands of students across Seattle chanted as they marched in the streets and waved “Not My President” or “Love Wins” signs. Seattle Public Schools spokesman Luke Duecy reported more than 5,000 students from 20 middle and high schools walked out of classes Monday.

Some said they oppose Trump’s divisive rhetoric and wanted to show support for those he targeted, such as Muslims or immigrants. Others say they came to support their friends or simply to observe. High school senior Rose Taylor, who is bisexual, says she worries about what Trump’s election will mean for the LGBT community and others.

Police say two men, who were not students, were arrested in connection with the protest.

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND

Hundreds of high school students left campus and took to the streets to declare their opposition to Trump, while hundreds more gathered for a rally at a school football stadium. About 800 Montgomery Blair High School students attended the rally at the stadium, and most returned to class afterward, Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala said.

The ones who left joined students from nearby Northwood High School, making up a gathering that Onijala estimated at 200 to 300, some of them chanting, “Not my president.”

Police Capt. Paul Starks says the protesters were peaceful except for one bottle-throwing incident. No one was hurt.

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    Raju
    Nov 15, 2016 at 11:35 am
    American election procedure elected Trump as next President, why people objecting again this is non-democracy acts.
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      Raju
      Nov 15, 2016 at 11:43 am
      The Bible speaks very clearly about the relationship between the believer and the government. We are to obey governmental authorities, and the government is to treat us justly and fairly. Even when the government does not live up to its role, we are still to live up to ours. Finally, when the government asks us to do something that is in direct disobedience to God’s Word, we are to disobey the government in faithful confidence of the Lord’s power to protect us.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Whether the Bible uses the terms “master,” “ruler,” “government,” or any other name for an established authority, the instruction is always the same – obey. We must remember that God created the authorities ruling over us just as He created us. As Paul wrote to the Romans, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has insuted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves” (Romans 13:1-2). Peter wrote, “Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority insuted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right” (1 Peter 2:13-14). Both Peter and Paul also remind slaves repeatedly to be obedient to their masters for the same reasons (Ephesians 6:5-8; Colossians 3:22-25; 1 Timothy 6:1-2; 1 Peter 2:18-20; us 2:9-11).lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The instructions to government “masters” are just as clear and just as numerous. Jesus modeled the behavior and atude every leader or authority should take. “Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many’” (Matthew 20:25-28). A government or authority exists to serve those governed.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Many times, however, a government will stray from its purpose and become oppressive. When that happens, we are still to live in obedience. “Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God” (1 Peter 2:18-19). Both Jesus and Paul used taxes as a way to illustrate this. The Roman government taxed the Jews unjustly and many of the tax collectors were thieves. When asked about this dilemma, Jesus took a coin and said, “‘Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?’ ‘Caesar's,’ they replied. Then he said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's’” (Matthew 22:20-21). Evidently, the believers in Rome were still asking the same question because Paul instructed them on the matter. “This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing” (Romans 13:6).lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In the Old Testament, Daniel is a model we should use when it comes to our relationship with government. The Babylonians were given authority over the Jews because of the Jews’ disobedience. Daniel worked himself into the highest levels of this pagan and unbelieving government. Although the rulers respected Daniel’s God, their lives and actions show they did not believe. Daniel served the king as a true servant when he requested the wise men not be executed for failing to interpret the king’s dream. Instead, he asked for the key to interpret the dream from God and saved those, including himself, who would have been executed. While Daniel was in the royal court, his three friends refused to bow to the idol erected by King Nebuchadnezzar and were sentenced to death in the furnace (Daniel 3:12-15). Their response was confident faith. They did not defend themselves, but instead told the king their God would save them, adding that even if He didn’t, they still would not worship or serve Nebuchadnezzar’s gods (Daniel 3:16-18).lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;After the Medes conquered Babylon, Daniel continued to serve faithfully and to rise in power within the government. Here, Daniel faced the same dilemma when the governors and satraps tricked the king into signing a decree “…that whoever peions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions” (Daniel 6:7). Daniel responded by directly, and in full view of everyone, disobeying the order. “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerum, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and pra and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days” (Daniel 6:10). Daniel was completely loyal to any ruler placed over him until that ruler ordered him to disobey God. At that moment, when a choice had to be made between the world and God, Daniel chose God. As should we all.
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