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I do want to understand the pain that voted him in and perhaps you assume that those on different sides feel the pain of not being able to feed their fsmiky or have access to the American dream that so many Americans seem to feel is lost. But hating others, wishing or even permitting violence against others is not a difference of opinion. It is a value that The US ostensibly stands against around the world. That is the pain the protest is about. It is not about a more conservative president. We have had many Republican presidents. It is big business taking over the White House, permissive hate as a legitimized political stance. I think the vote actually raised many people's compassion and desire to hear the suffering of those they haven't heard. But not hate, and exclusion - that's the protest.
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I took my daughters to San Francisco Friday to join the protestors. We had police officers walking with us the entire time, and at least 6 Officers on motorcycles riding ahead of us to manage traffic. This is what Democracy looks like. It was powerful and peaceful.
When people ask me why I am protesting, my answer is this: When should we protest? Should we do it now under the leadership and protection of President Obama, or should we begin during President Trump's term? The comprehension that spreads across their face as they really realize 'Why Now' is heartbreaking.
Protesting visibly displays public consciousness. You can see his attempts to appear more measured on the 60 mins interview.
Only 2-3 Million deported (vs 11 Million). Keep these parts of Obamacare. Keep the pressure on by staying visible.
Silence got us into this. Your public visible voices are a vital tool to get us out.
The protest today allowed me to let my heart start to heal. It gave me hope seeing so many of my fellow countryman pulling together for the same reasons. We are very frightened of what's coming from a president that did everything he could to provoke hate. Dones it change anything? Probably not. But the message it sends is very clear. AND the healing it has allowed us to start is greatly needed. My heart broken for Hillary, for all women in this country, for every immigrant except Melania, for everyone that's not white, for everyone who has a religion not accepted in Trump land and for all the lgbtq community and for myself and my family.
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It gave people a chance to heal. It was a lei of humanity. We call it the Aloha Sprit in the Pacific Ocean Islands. POI NATION. Sunday afternoon. 11-13-16
It's clear that some people aren't reading Cynthia's post clearly. She's asking rhetorical questions, and saying that the protesters should not be judged for expressing themselves how they see fit. To those that misunderstood - please be more careful. Misunderstandings are a big part of what fuels the misgivings the different sides of this situation have with each other. It also can generate infighting and friendly fire, as demonstrated here.
And to MIKEM, yes, please cite your sources for your absentee ballot comment regarding the popular vote results.
What this protest did for me was help to heal my broken heart and allow me to feel less frightened. I have not been able to sleep and have cried a alot since the election. It was indeed magical to join hands in healing solidarity. It gave me so much hope.
MIKEM What is your source for saying that Trump won the popular vote if absentee ballots are counted?
These protests, this one and all the others, are completely unprecedented in U.S. history. They signal to the President elect that he is deeply unpopular and should act accordingly.
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Seems like people responding to Cynthia didn't read her post. Let's listen to each other.
It's great that you had a peaceful protest and it's one thing that America allows that other countries don't. As a Trump supporter, I, like you, protested as well. But I and millions like me protested in the voting booth. We were tired of big government taking away our rights, tired of being told how to think, and tired of being able to express our opinions only if they were the same as yours. So as I agree that you have the right to peacefilly protest the Trump election, please agree that I and people like me have the right to vote him in. And before the "popular vote" argument is brought up, Trump won that as well if we would count the absentee ballots.
This was not a protest against Trump per se - this was a way to stand FOR something vs against it. In the words of the organizer: "The intention behind Hands Around Lake Merritt is healing and empowerment through standing together in solidarity, widening our embrace with all those impacted by this presidential election. We are not here to tell people how to be during this event. We welcome the full range of feeling from a stance of nonviolence. We stand in solidarity with all peoples, all traditions and all feelings."
It was, per another post...magical. To stand shoulder to shoulder with thousands of people who will stand up for inclusion, acceptance and equal rights for all. It's why I live in Oakland.
Cynthia - and anyone that wonders - This gathering gave hope to my 14 year old daughter. That does amazing things. It makes her want to get out of bed and go to school. It makes her feel safe. If you aren't a minority, be grateful that you may not experience harassment. Peaceful gatherings like these spread love and hope to those that need it right now. I am hoping that Trump does do a good job and I'm going to give him a chance, but I will not stop doing activities to spread love and remind all those disenfranchised that they are welcome here and that I want them here.
3.7 miles = 19,536 feet
For as far as I could see to my left and right there were about 3 people per foot. Assume the average was half that because of being a denser area (though I was nowhere near any of the more iconic or photogenic sections, then I would have estimated around 30,000. 5-10,000 seems impossibly low.
I was there today with my child and my parents & it was a MAGICAL event; powerful opportunity to ORGANIZE the progressive energy so many of us are feeling! Time to take to social media to connect and KEEP ACTIVE, Bay Area!!
Cynthia: Protesting HELPS COMMUNICATE to 'the powers that be' ~ to Trump ~ and to The World how we feel, what we think and what we want. Peaceful protest is essential in democracy.... If a nation without popular vote rule can be considered a democracy. Be well!
Every wants to ask what does prote sting do. What does this do? People deal with things differently. Don't judge others
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