I Attended An Anti-Trump Protest And It Was An Amazing Experience

I Attended An Anti-Trump Protest And It Was An Amazing Experience

Staying silent encourages hate.

On Friday, November 11th, I attended a peaceful Anti-Trump protest. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

It was a chilly afternoon, but the love and support of our fellow protesters and some encouraging passerby's kept us warm. We assembled to protest many things: the DAPL, the electoral college, women/minority safety, LGBTQIA+ rights and most importantly, to protest our new president elect.

Throughout the 4 hours that we were out there, we had very mixed reactions from the people driving by. While some where filled with love and encouragement, some where also very negative. There were multiple instances of people yelling, "F*ck you!" and, "Get a job," (which is funny because most of us actually have jobs). One person even went as far as yelling at us and calling us "f*ggots". But no matter what negative things people yelled at us, we always responded with, "We love you anyway!"

The love definitely outweighed the hate, as many passerby's even joined in. One man, who was a homeless war vet from Poland, even went as far as joining us before hand, telling us the story of how he came to America, and how dissatisfied he was with some of Trump's plans for his next 4 years as President. He told us his first "battle scar" he got was actually from when he was living on the streets of New York when someone threw a rock at him out of spite. However, despite all the hateful people he had encountered in his life, he was one of the most positive people I've ever met.

We weren't out there to get Trump removed from his future presidency, but instead to show that we wont stand idly by and allow racism, sexism, homophobia, and overall prejudice run this country. It is 2016 and there is no room in the United States for these things. We aren't "crybabies" or "sore losers," but instead we are a people who unite to show that we should be accepting of all races, genders, and sexualities. It's important to exercise your right to free speech and protest because we need to show we won't let racism become a bigger problem than it already is, and that we need to stand up for what we believe in. As socialists, it is important to us that we organize and increase class consciousness as an effective way of standing against a Trump-Pence presidency. Staying silent encourages hate.

Sara Beatty, a 22 year old from Southern Illinois, put this protest together. She made extra signs for people who didn't have time to make some, collected donations for homeless winter care-packages, and is in the process of turning her home into a safe space for members of the LQBT community, Muslims, and POC's who feel unsafe because of the recent election. She's a wonderful person who is taking time and money to make others feel safe and welcomed.

If you are interested in helping stand against them, Democratic Socialists of America and Socialist Alternative are two leftist organizations that are active in protesting the new presidency. Many local labor unions are likely to be socialist leaning and potentially protesting as well. One such event is a nationwide walk-out general strike on January 20th, 2017, in order to protest the inauguration of Trump.

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He Changed Everything.

My soul is richer & my heart is fuller 

Sept 2013 I found myself writing to an evangelist Jennifer Beckham looking for more, looking for answers cause at the time I was in a dark place, and stuck no matter what I did. She wrote back! I cried as I read her respond. She sent me scriptures of who god is and what he wants for us. God says we are more than conquers and endurance develops strength and character. She encouraged me that I was on the right track. Not to give up and she would be praying for me. I saw Jennifer Beckham at a conference that year. I don't remember what she specifically talked about but I remember the feeling. The feeling of wanting to burst out crying, I could feel my eyes being filled with tears, and my heart racing but I wouldn't let out the tears. My pride was too big. I wanted to be strong so I did my best to hold it all in, and I did. At this conference they offered the audience who wanted to go up for prayer and dedicate their life to Jesus Christ. Surprisingly I went up, but I went up with other people that were seeking out salvation. I wasn’t sure if I was going up to support the other people or if it was truly for me. I was confused, even though I said the prayer. I became more confused as the days went on and I wasn't feeling a difference in my life. Nothing was changing. I started reading the bible and many books, listening to sermons, and surrounding myself with positive people. I gave my life to Jesus, but I didn't feel like I was set FREE! I continued feeling empty, lost, broken, guilty, and hurt from the past. There were so many days where I just wanted to give up. Almost felt pointless to fight for my life. At this point in my life I didn't know God very much, but I had just a little bit of faith. My faith was a big as a mustard seed and God took care of the rest. Day by day, year by year I started noticing my life changing. I noticed I was changing. I started feeling happy with who I was and where I was in life. I no longer questioned God about the things that happened to me. In my heart I was ok with the wounds, the hardships, and trials from the past because I now understood those wounds and trials. I realized I was SET FREE! not perfect but set free. I started understanding who I was as a child of our heavenly father. Now it’s Jan 2018 and I’m in awe of who I am and where I am in life, all because of Jesus. His so faithful! I think of the favor, the grace, his mercy, his love, his joy and blessing that he gives me even when I’m undeserving of it, it’s overwhelming. He has never left me nor forsake me. I can say Jesus you changed everything and my heart so forever thankful. 

Today, I encourage you like Jennifer Beckham encouraged me. Keep going and don't give up. No matter what your past looks like believe in your heart that you were created for greatness. Don't let your past determine your future, be the change you want in your life. You have it in you. There is so much more to life, don't miss out on it. It's time to take back your happiness, love, joy, freedom and so much more. It's time to take back EVERYTHING the enemy has taken from you. God has made you an overcomer. I speak it right now, that you will be victorious in 2018 and the years to come. Remember, God loves you! 

Psalm 136:26 (AMP) O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his mercy and loving-kindness endures forever!

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Golden Globe speech sparking some ideas.

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However what Winfrey does not have is political experience. When she needs political advice she looks to the Obamas and she fully endorsed Hillary Clinton. We may have our next Democratic candidate for the 2020 election. Although the race for president does not start until after the 2018 midterms, many candidates are getting a head start. Maybe this is her making her first move. What do you think? Will America choose another TV star as our president?

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