Outdoor portion of the PSU “#NotMyPresident Walk-Out/Love Trumps Hate” Rally
Penn State University held a “#NotMyPresident Walk-Out” Protest on Tuesday, November 15. It was one of many held at universities across the country. Students who believe in human rights and who oppose the election of Donald Trump got up, walked out of class, and headed to a designated meeting space on each campus to “show their resistance” to this election.
Students at PSU left their classrooms at the University Park Campus and headed to Old Main’s front lawn where protests have historically been held since the civil rights protests of the late 1960’s.
It quickly turned into what I believe would be better called a “Love Trumps Hate” Rally. The speakers acknowledged that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. We, as citizens must, therefore stand up and speak out for all people and the environment.
Caring for all of our brethren including LGBTQIA people, people of color, Muslims, documented and undocumented immigrants, and women is an absolute necessity. Like in the 1960’s, the civil rights movement must rise again.
The rally occurred at two different venues. The first one happened in front of the Old Main Building. Somewhere between 800 and 1000 people appeared to be attending this part of the rally. Since the university did not allow any voice amplification, most people, including myself, were unable to hear what was said.
So the best I could do was take pictures of the signs that were carried by the participants. Here is some of what was expressed.
The “#NotMyPresident” Type Signs
Grr! Donald Trump is NOT My President
Prez or Predator???????????
Anger sign declaring those opposing Trump will “Make Racists Afraid Again.” This was the only non-peaceful statement I saw at the rally.
Put a “Fence Around Pence.”
The Public Discourse and “Love Trumps Hate” Type Signs
Democracy is Dissent. A statement declaring that we have a 1st Amendment constitutional right “of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress.”
Get White Supremacy Out of the White House (a call for Trump to reverse his decision to make White Supremacist Steve Bannon his Senior Counselor) and a call for “Civic Engagement.”
Nasty Women Keep Fighting
After the speeches were done, about half of the participants marched over to the Hetzel Union Building to hold a second rally calling people to stand up, support our brethren, and to fight back just as those that fought segregation did in the 1940’s, 1950’s, and 1960’s during the Civil Rights Movement.
Leaving Old Main
Entering the Hetzel Union Building (aka the HUB)
Inside the HUB
Once inside, people gathered on the steps near the HUB-Paul Robeson Center that was created to “provide cultural, educational and social support for Black students. It was also expected to provide a place for ‘building bridges to understanding.'” Using the Center as a backdrop, the rally focused on standing up, fighting back, making sure our voices are heard, and spreading the message of civil rights for all.
I was able to hear much of what was said and sung in this venue. Here are some of the additional messages I saw and some of the words I heard.
Rally on the steps of the HUB-Paul Robeson Cultural Center.
A Wall is NOT an invitation to dialogue.
We are fighting for what’s right.
We are Stronger Together
A friend and colleague, Peter Buckland, also attended the rally. Here’s his view and commentary from inside the HUB. If I can get a YouTube link, I’ll embed it here.
And this is how the rally ended:
Let the Sunshine In
What I did not get a picture of was everyone coming together at the end of the rally to hug one another, saying that “I’ll be here for you.” Black. White. Latino. Muslim. Gay. Straight. Women. Cis. Men. As the Three Musketeers said, “All for One and One for All.” Love does Trump Hate.