On Saturday, November 12, 2016 a crowd gathered in front of the State Capitol in Albany, NY to protest president-elect Donald Trump, joining the wave of similar actions across the country. For several hours, people came together to share frustrations, fears, and a safe space for planning and networking.
â€œThe event served to communicate to both the public and lawmakers in the Capital Region that we disagree with Trumpâ€™s behavior and policies,â€ said Sonia Sandoval, one of the organizers.
Although Trump was a central focus of the rally, many present also voiced their concern with issues like climate change and the Electoral College.
Kylie Gorski, who also helped organize the event, said she wanted to show support and solidarity for those threatened by the election of Trump, whose rhetoric and policies have been called out for their sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, and racist tones. â€œI want them to know they are not alone and that they are safe with me,â€ she said.
Elizabeth Murad â€“ another organizer â€“ said the event Saturday gave her a sense of reassurance. â€œThe only thing stronger than fear is hope, and I sure have a lot of hope. We are stronger together.â€
This was a guest post from Shannon Straney