There has been a lot of criticism about America's post election anti-Trump protests. Since the election, I have attended a walkout on Cornell' campus, a Black Lives Matter rally in Ithaca, the NYC Women's March, and the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C. I have received criticism from peers and most prominently from my sister who insists on how pointless and stupid it all is.
Despite this, attending these 4 protests have been such great and eye opening experiences.
To me the protests aren't about Trump but about showing support to the people who have been betrayed by this election. To stand by the marginalized and vulnerable people of this country and say we are here with you. You are loved and deserve to be celebrated.
It's about learning. I have learned SO much from attending protests. You can read more about what I've realized since the election and my thoughts on Trump here.
And it's about solidarity. So many of us feel broken, hopeless, betrayed... But seeing millions of people all over the world coming together and standing up for issues like women's rights and climate justice is inspiring.
One of my favorite posters at the women's march said,
"May this election bring forth the fiercest, smartest, toughest generation that our country has ever seen".
Anyways, I had a great experience at all of the protests/marches that I attended and I highly recommend getting involved or attending one if it's something that interests you. I really think you will benefit from it in some way.
Here are some of my favorite photos from the different events:
People's Climate March in Washington, D.C.
NYC Women's March