Dozens of protesters chanted against Donald Trump in Ybor City Wednesday night and at least two more demonstrations are planned in Tampa Thursday evening. Taina Pantoja is with Tampa Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and is helping to organize one of them.
“As students and as people who reside in the United States, we are rejecting the President Elect, Donald Trump.
“As SDS we’ve sat at the forefront of the ‘Dump Trump’ movement while he was running for office with nationwide protests and rallies, organized by SDS chapters, across the nation. We want to continue fighting against his and the Republican agenda of racism, misogyny and Islamophobia.
“So, we recognize his election as a step back from progress with women’s rights, civil rights and the rights of undocumented people.”
What do you expect the protest to look like? Do you think it will be a march? A rally?
“We have planned for a rally, but, depending on how many people we have and if everyone is really feeling it, then we might have a march.”
And your march is going to be in downtown Tampa at 6:00 p.m.. But, at 7:30 p.m. there is also a rally or a march in Ybor City. Are you part of that as well?
“Yes, actually. We’re planning on joining them.”
So, why don’t you let listeners know what time yours is and where they can meet and then if you have the information what time the other one is and where.
“Ours is in front of the Sam M. Gibbons Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa at 6:00 p.m. For more information about ours you can go on Facebook.com/TampaBaySDS and the other one is going to be in the Centennial Park.”