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University of Rochester Students Hold Peaceful “Not My America” Protest

By Staff


university of rochesterUniversity of Rochester students held a peaceful “Not My America” protest Friday afternoon, in response to the outcome of the recent presidential election.

About 1,000 participants planned to attend, according to the group’s event page on Facebook.

U of R students posted the following statement, regarding the event:

“The hatred, lies, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, islamophobia and homophobia espoused by Donald Trump’s campaign are #NotMyAmerica. My America stands for love, truth, unity and inclusion.

We call on everyone in the Rochester community and beyond to join us in demonstrating for this America that we believe in. The purpose of this event is to support and be supported by our peers. Trump might be president-elect, but together we can prevent his bigotry from becoming tolerated and normalized in our country.

This is a peaceful demonstration. Violence of any kind will not be tolerated.

This is the start of a movement. Channel the energy you have into productive actions for the next four years and beyond so that next time, we can celebrate rather than demonstrate. Bring inclusivity and unity into your everyday conversations. Urge your legislators to enact policies to protect marginalized groups and our environment.”

Students also encouraged participants to bring food or clothing for veterans to the event, as well as letters to their elected officials.

Protest organizers said anyone interested in continuing the local “Not My America” movement  should visit in order to join.

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