BOSTON,MA- Chants of “F**k Trump” and “Not my President” filled the air as thousands came together in downtown Boston to protest Republican candidate Donald Trump’s win in the presidential elections yesterday evening.
Holding a sign that read “Undocumented. Unafraid. Here to stay,” was 31-year-old Miriam Ortiz. She said that she had recently gained American citizenship in 2016 after having come to the United States from Mexico in 2004.
“But I’m afraid for my family. My brother is still not a citizen, and Trump promised to repeal DACA on his first day, which means my brother may be sent back,” she said.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), signed by President Barack Obama in 2012, prevents deportation of individuals who entered the country before June 2007 at an age younger than 16. Ortiz’s brother is now 22, and was only 10 when he arrived in the United states.
Ortiz, who voted on November 8, said she chose to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton because “she was the safer bet to keep my family together.”
Trump’s anti-immigrant and anti-refugee stance was targeted by protesters through chants like “Syrian lives matter” and “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here” that resonated through the crowd.
Skipping through the crowd, singing Avis Burgeson Christiansen’s gospel “This little light of mine,” was Tayleece, 21, who did not wish to share her last name. She said that her homelessness had prevented her from voting, but was at the protest “for the sake of peace and hope.”
“I don’t think people who could vote took this seriously. I’m Black. Our lives are at stake. I’m hoping people open their eyes and stop the hate,” she said, “even these protest slogans are so hateful, you can’t fight hate with hate.”
The protest began around 7:15 p.m. at the Parkman Bandstand in Boston Common, from where protesters marched to the Massachusetts State House and then the Boston Public Garden. Boston Police officers followed the crowd on their bikes but did not intervene with the march.
Nora Maynard, 33, led the crowd through the park as she chanted “my body, my choice” through a megaphone. She said Trump represented a “chaotic evil” and was “deeply embarrassed by fellow white women who voted for him.”
“I’m hoping this protest generates a momentum that doesn’t die down over the next six months or actually, four years, as we see attempts to defund or disband important government programs,” she said.
Protests all across the country have been reported since the announcement of Trump’s victory and subsequent concession by Clinton. While in his victory speech, the President-elect said it was “time to bind the wounds of division,” he is yet to comment on the protests.