Number of protests in Tampa Bay picks up after Trump election

Trump protests in St. Pete
Anti-Trump protesters march through St. Petersburg, FL. By Seán Kinane / WMNF News (13 Nov. 2016).

It’s been about two weeks since Donald Trump won the presidential election and we’ve seen a surge of protests in the area; on WMNF’s MidPoint we talk with three organizers about why there’s so much enthusiasm for actions in the street.

Tori Godfrey is helping to organize the Ban Bannon Rally against Trump’s Transition Terrors on Sunday December 4 in St. Pete.

Dezeray Lyn is with Love Has No Borders and is helping to organize the March Against Trump this Wednesday night in downtown Tampa.

John Gregg joined us by phone. He’s with the Tampa Bay Alliance for Positive Change.

A week ago one thousand people marched through the streets of St. Petersburg:

Over the weekend there was a march against racism in Bradenton and a transgender day of remembrance vigil in St. Petersburg.

Here’s a short list of some demonstrations that are coming up during the next couple of weeks:

Wed. Nov. 23: Not Now Not Ever March Against Trump. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Gaslight Square Park in downtown Tampa. Organized by Dezeray Lyn and Love Has No Borders.

Fri. Nov. 25: Wall of Love Ybor City: protecting LGBTQ and All Citizens from Hate Speech. At El Centro, Ybor. 9:30 p.m. – midnight.

Sat. Nov. 26: Stop Sabal Trail. At Santa Fe River near Branford, FL. 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tues. Nov. 29: Love Trumps Hate rally in Tampa. At Curtis-Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. [This event has been removed from Facebook events]

Tues. Nov. 29: Day of Action at Centennial Park in Ybor City. 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Organized by Black Lives Matter: Tampa.

Tues. Nov. 29: Protest Trump Tampa Visit on Westshore. 9:00 a.m. – noon. [This event has been removed from Facebook events]

Sun. Dec. 4: Ban (Steve) Bannon: Rally against Trump’s Transition Terrors. Organized in part by Tori Godfrey. 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Demens Landing, St. Pete.

Wed. Jan. 18: Non-violent protest on Inauguration Day, Washington.

Fri. Jan. 20: Inauguration Day Walk Out – Dump Trump and All Racist Politicians. Organized by SDS.

Sat. Jan. 21: Women’s March on Washington. 10:00 a.m.

You can even say the protests have spilled over onto Broadway, when the cast of “Hamilton” read a message to Vice President Mike Pence, who was in the audience:

Of course, Donald Trump later Tweeted that the theater kids were being mean to Pence: “The cast and producers of Hamilton, which I hear is highly overrated, should immediately apologize to Mike Pence for their terrible behavior”

The Daily News: reiterated that President-elect Trump’s net favorability stands at -13, which makes him the least popular president-elect in modern history (Bill Clinton: 23, George W. Bush: 23, Barack Obama: 41).

Watch the show here:

Wmnf MidPoint talks with organizers of anti-trump protests

Posted by WMNF News on Monday, November 21, 2016


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