Gary Christopher Barton
The University of Memphis main campus was host to the latest protest of Donald Trump as president November 16 2016.
The event was organized by the Memphis Progressive Student Alliance. The student group created an event on Facebook to garner interest, using the title "#NotMyPresident: Memphis in Solidarity Against Donald Trump."
Senior Gary Christopher Barton, a member of the alliance, said it was a chance for students to voice their frustrations about Trump's victory.
"There's a lot of anger, sadness and just fear about all of the stuff that's happening and we just wanted to have a place everyone could come together," Barton said. "We know that Donald Trump will be the president but we want to let the people know that the racism, bigotry and misogyny that's come out after the wake of the election is not OK and we do not agree with it."
About 100 people stood in a semi-circle and demonstrated outside the school's University Center while dozens of onlookers and passers-by on their way to class stood and watched.
Anti-Trump protesters march through Midtown
They chanted phrases, including "Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here" and "No racists, no KKK, no fascist USA."
Many held signs criticizing Trump — hand-painted boards reading "Trump is a bad hombre" and "Hate will never make us great," among others.
While students chanted, professor of history Dennis Laumann spoke up and said he was there with a few colleagues because "... we are with you and Trump is not our president."
"To me, Donald Trump represents the opposite of what a university stands for, which is to embrace our diversity, to respect each other to learn from each other," Laumann said. "So it's especially appropriate that students of a diverse university like Memphis should come together to stand against the hatred that Donald Trump has promoted."
Jayanni Webster attended the protest as an organizer with United Campus Workers, Tennessee's higher education union. She acknowledged that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was not a perfect candidate, but she did win the popular vote and students were frustrated that the Electoral College carried so much weight because "... in a direct democracy Hillary Clinton would have won."
She said many people were scared or angry about what would happen to them with Trump as president, and it stemmed from "the history of racism in this country and not being able to resolve that stain in the American fabric. So we see it grow and manifest and now ... . Our federal government is controlled by someone who clearly has galvanized millions of people around a racist platform."
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.
- Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?
- This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.
Those invited, on Facebook included Gary Christopher Barton.
PSA - Memphis Facebook group, 2017
Progressive Student Alliance - University of Memphis Facebook group, as of March 26, 2017;
Members include Gary Christopher Barton, University of Memphis.
Lindsey Smith November 14, 2016 ·
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