Anti-Trump Protests Continue in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Protests continuing nationwide tonight, after the election of Donald Trump. Many right here in Music City taking to the streets throughout the weekend for various reasons.
Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood held on Sunday: “We Stand Together: A Call To Gather.”
Organizers, like Francie Hunt say, “This week we were dealt a serious blow. There is uncertainty ahead of us, and the country, and Planned Parenthood health centers may face renewed attacks. But one thing is certain - we will never back down, and we will never stop fighting to protect the access to care that so many people across this country depend on.”
Like many attending the rally post-election, Gary Bergin is gaining perspective after losing his brother to AIDS in the 90’s.
Bergin says, "The reason a 58-year-old man is at a Planned Parenthood meeting is that I truly care just as I have tried to understand that many of the Donald Trump supporters were good people who were in some way hurting and responding to somebody that they felt was listening to them.”
Others joined Bergin in sharing to the crowd why they stand with the health center.
“As a young woman, it was hard to find somewhere that I could afford to go and felt safe. Like Hillary said, we're not giving up. I think it's important to see that community is here and not feel alone in our reactions and emotions to this, “says Emilia Pare.
Bergin explained, "There’s a lot of work to do in the area of equal rights, gay rights, women’s rights and civil rights. I am here today to do whatever I can and for me it's relatively new to be out here doing what I am doing. But I have a 19-year-old son and there are things I have taken for granted, things about our life and our country and I am very disillusioned now.”
Workers’ Dignity held a “March Against Hate” in Coleman Park today as well.
Organizers say, “On the heals of mass protests across the country, including student walkouts at Fisk University and Vanderbilt University, members of the Latino community have demanded action to protect their communities against hate and demand changes now. Workers' Dignity has joined Sureñxs en Acción and Workers Against Racism in calling today's march. The three organizations will present demands for action that the federal, state, and municipal government can take now to advance the rights of immigrants, refugees, the Black community, and Muslims who have been targeted since the presidential election.
Trump’s senior advisor, Kellyanne Conway told Fox News this morning, “The protestors have a responsibility to come together for a peaceful transition and in the name of the world’s greatest democracy, and recognize regardless of what they say: he is their president.”
“Donald Trump will be president. Most people accept that. I accept that, I don't like it, but I accept it. Someone is going to take power now in the United States, who has a very different outlook on things and power can be abused. So much of that campaign was pointing to people and saying you don't belong here, you're not one of us If there is one thing that I could have people on the other side of the political equation understand is, that people's fear are real and people who feel vulnerable are not doing it to be political, they're doing it because they really feel that way,” added Bergin.
According to Google Trends, searches spike on Wednesday for topics like “Planned Parenthood” and “birth control.”