World reacts to November 8th: Local Santa Barbara Community
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On Saturday afternoon, more than 1,000 demonstrators marched down State Street to the waterfront in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump.
Westmont’s International Cultural Programs and the Feminist Society went out to show their support and marched with decorated signs. The protest was organized by People Organized for the Defense & Equal Rights of Santa Barbara youth, PODER. It was promoted on Facebook and had more than 1,400 confirmed attendees.
The event started at De La Guerra Plaza where protesters met to make signs. Protesters then marched down the street to the beat of drums. Many had megaphones and shouted, “Love Trumps Hate”
The demonstration was peaceful, aimed at expressing solidarity while protesters express negativity. A protest organizer, Candice Perez said, “we were out here today standing in solidarity with the victims of hate crimes, and to connect with one another to build a community that can support us for the road ahead with this person as the leader of the country.”
There was a visible police presence at the protest and rally, as police followed the marchers. However, they made it clear to those protesting that they wouldn’t get in the way of the protest. Officer Michael Epstein said, “We’re just here to protect their rights to protest, not to contain them.”
According to the Santa Barbara Channels, this is the first of many such events that the community is planning.