By Aram Martirosyan, Contributor.
Around 75 students gathered near the Student Union at 11 a.m., to start their march towards the Van Nuys city hall to protest the racism and xenophobia, that they think the president-elect Donald Trump represents.
Jennifer Jaffi, a 37-year-old student at Valley and a participant of the protest, said that the primary goal of the protest is to “express solidarity with every marginalized group in our community.”
Michael Martinez, 18, who participated in an helped spread the word around campus, said the objective of the event is to “show unity to our colored students and students from the LGBT community”.
Racism, xenophobia, sexism and homophobia were the some of the major themes of the march, with chants like “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” “Black lives, they matter!” and “Say it loud, say it clear. Immigrants are welcome here!” reaffirming their stance on those issues.
The massive wave of anti-Trump walk-outs and protests were anticipated across over 80 colleges and universities nationwide, according to ABC7 online.
Wednesday’s march was just one of the numerous demonstrations in academic institutions that included UCLA, CSUN, USC, CSU Fullerton, University of Virginia, Yale, Harvard, NYU and more.
Rallies around the country started after election night, and spread across major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, Chicago, NewYork, Miami.
In addition to racism, xenophobia and sexism, students are concerned that Trump said climate change is a hoax. One of the rally cries addressed this issue.
“Trump denies climate science”, and claimed that “it is shocking that someone so ignorant could be elected our president”.
Denise Powers, a-58-year-old U.S. army veteran, was not part of the march but was near the cafeteria encouraging students.
“I love seeing young people getting involved”, Denise says, although disappointed by the low turnout on election night.
Students chose to march to Van Nuys City Hall, 1.7 miles away, to let community leaders know how they feel.
“To tell our community leaders what are our thoughts on the election,” said Jennifer Jaffi.