On Inauguration Day, in New Orleans, hundreds from the community gathered at Duncan Plaza, in front of City Hall, to join together in rallying against the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Take Em’ Down NOLA, an activist group in New Orleans hosted the Anti-Trump Inauguration rally on Jan. 20, called #J20NOLA. Hours after the inauguration in Washington DC.,. citizens came out to protest the proposed policies and rhetoric supported by the Trump Administration’s campaign. High school students and college students from around the metro area joined the protest as well.
Michael “Quest” Moore, Take Em’ Down NOLA activist, said that it is up to the future generation to take control and lead protests against new policies that the people do not believe in. “I’m happy the young people are out here…Ya’ll are young enough, ya’ll can undo some of this stuff,” said Moore.
High school students, with the exception of 18- year-olds, could not vote in the 2016 election because they were below the voting age. However, the outcome of the election had young intellectuals questioning the purpose of electoral votes. Michael Banks, an Eleanor McMain Secondary School student said, “I do not like the system of the electoral vote…I feel like if our vote really mattered, why didn’t Hillary win?”
Young adults know that there is no going back and changing the outcome of the election, but through protesting, they can hopefully prevent policies that they do not stand behind from being passed. Felicite Lazaras- South, NOCCA student said that it was time for her to join others in taking a stand because she did not support what was happening with the government. “As a whole, our government need to listen to the people, that’s the principle’s it was founded on,” said Lazaras-South. “I think that we should all take a stand peacefully and make our voices heard.”
The two-hour protest ended with a second- line march around the New Orleans Central Business District. People danced in the streets, even frustrated drivers enjoyed the music. Corey Mukes, 18-year-old Heart Beat Brass Band member said that music was the only thing that could continue to keep New Orleans together in the next few years, “New Orleans was built on music…Music can bring people of all races together… It’s the heart of the city.”
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