‘Not My President': Anti-Trump Rallies Grow in Boston

Another rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday

Numerous groups organized anti-Trump rallies around Boston on Wednesday following President-elect Donald Trump's win.

An organization calling itself the Boston Socialist Alternative held a rally against Trump on Wednesday night. Boston Police estimated that the rally involved at least 4,000 people. No arrests were made.

Protesters, who appeared peaceful, marched from the Common, onto Beacon Street and to the State House. Some of them chanted "Not my president" and "Love trumps hate."

The group has another event scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in Boston. This time they want people to come to "discuss the way forward for the movement against Trump and his right wing agenda." A "unity walk" was also held on Thursday afternoon at Framingham State University.

According to the Facebook event page, the organization scheduled the event in order to "immediately start fighting against" Trump and "build a movement to fight racism, sexism, and Islamophobia."

Elan Axelbank, an organizer of the group, said the reason behind the rally was to "come out and immediately build a movement against (Trump's) agenda.

"It is dangerous to have Donald Trump as President of the United States and the most effective way to lessen danger is to organize a movement," Axelbank said Wednesday night.

Axelbank, a student, became involved with the group a few years ago because he was frustrated with the amount of inequality in the country.

He said members of the group, mostly students and members of the working class, decided to organize the rally early Wednesday morning when they realized the likelihood of a Trump presidency.

He said the point of the rally is so his group can begin to "get organized" and come up with a plan to protest Trump and his agenda once he takes office.

Darlanne Fernandez drove in from Worcester looking for a way to turn her emotions into action.

"I fear his head is not on straight, I fear that his ignorance and prejudice, his misogyny, his sexism, his able-ism, is all going to interfere with how he thinks and what decisions he makes because he's just very small minded," said Fernandez.

She said people can either be upset with the outcome or stand up for their beliefs.

"You can be like me and cry when you first woke up this morning when you heard on the news, or you can come out and support and be the cause and be the fight, and you know, don't take this as a defeat, take it as motivation to work harder."

Another rally led by Suffolk University students took place Wednesday afternoon on the Boston Common and ended at the Statehouse. About 100 people took part.

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