A peaceful protest against the election of President-Elect Donald Trump is scheduled for Friday evening at San Jacinto Plaza.
A group of students, led by Alfonso Trevizo watched Tuesday with the rest of the country and the world, as Trump defeated his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
On the event’s facebook page, the group states, “Come stand in protest and in solidarity. Donald Trump is not MY president. His hateful rhetoric does not represent us. Our America is accepting of all people: the LGBTQ community, people of color, Christians, Muslims. Everyone. Come, show the community that despite his election that America is better than that. Our America is tolerant of all people. Our America is already great.”
Via a telephone interview with the Herald-Post, one of the event’s co-organizers Gaby Trevizo said that she, and her brother Alfonso, followed the election closely and were very disheartened by the outcome.
“We can’t say that we were in full support of Hilary, but certainly we feel that we now do not have proper representation,” Trevizo said.
“Minorities, people of color, people of disability have all been affected by this. “
Trevizo added, “Some people feel discriminated against and this event is for them.”
Her brother, who goes by the artist name Chandelier Kahlo, penned a protest letter that he handed out around UTEP after election day. (Full text of letter included below)
According to organizers, the peaceful protest beings at 8pm and organizers ask that participants come prepared with water, snacks, non-electrical musical instruments, candles and signs with absolutely no hateful rhetoric. They ask that all materials promote peace, love and unity.
“A lot of people have reached out to us about our event…we ask that everyone bring their voices.”
Dear fellow UTEP students,
This is my attempt to do something for my country. You see, Donald Trump is the new president elect of the United States of America. Last night, as I watched the numbers pour in, I began to feel hopeless. I felt saddened by the idea that someone who practices the kind of hate speech that Donald Trump does could win the highest office in United States government.
I felt my heart breaking for women, for the LGBTQ community, for people of color, for disabled people, for anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of hate. I felt hopeless. But then I thought, I could sit here and feel small. I could sit here and feel like despite volunteering for Hillary Clinton, or before that Bernie Sanders, that my voice meant nothing. But that’s not true.
My voice is the strongest thing I have. OUR voice, is the strongest thing we have. Donald Trump is not MY president. I don’t believe that Islam is our country’s biggest threat. I don’t believe that marriage is something that should be an exclusive right that only heterosexual couples should have. I don’t believe that hispanics are rapists and murderers.
I believe in the good of people. I believe that good trumps evil. I believe that love and kindness towards ALL people, not just some, is necessary to move the country forward. That in a world where the president of the United States thinks it’s okay to “grab women by the p***y” that goodness still exists.
Donald Trump is not MY president. He does not represent me, or what I stand for. His hateful rhetoric will not define me or my fellow Americans. It is up to us to choose kindness and tolerance in a world where Donald Trump chooses hate and intolerance. Every act of kindness that you demonstrate is an act of resistance.
Your love for the human race whether they’re gay, black, hispanic, muslim, christian, female, male, asian, or whatever is an act of DEFIANCE against Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric. Love fiercely. Do not allow his presidency to define you. He is not our America. Our America is kind. Our America is tolerant. Our America is already great.
To love in times of hate is an act of defiance. Continue to defy, fellow UTEP students. The world will be ours one day.