Hundreds of people rally in Portland area

Hundreds of people rally in wake of election

Hundreds of people took to the streets to exercise their right to protest, yet again.

For some, it was political, as they voiced their discontent over the election.

For others, it was simply about promoting unity in the face of so much divisiveness. The rallies on Saturday were peaceful.

"What do we want? Peace! When do we want it? Now!" chanted a group of almost 200 parents, kids and artists as they marched through Downtown Portland to Pioneer Courthouse Square.

They called for hope, justice and peace.

The group prepared for their big march earlier in the day through song, dance, and art. Parents said this kind of demonstration gives their kids a voice.

"It allows them to write their own cards and write their own signs about what their version of peace looks like and so it allows them to have an active role in a movement of peace," said Daniale Lynch, who brought her six-year-old daughter.

The peaceful demonstration was a big shift after last week's violent riots. Organizers said what they're doing isn't political.

"This is about standing up in solidarity for equal rights for all," said Briana Linden, one of the organizers.

Another group also marched to the square. A group of women and men who support women protested. Their charge?

"To speak respectfully and protest against the misogyny, racism, bigotry, and immorality and abuse that has been granted permission recently under the representation of Donald Trump," said Carisa Miller, one of the organizers.

She and others are concerned about the widespread reports of racism across the country and in Oregon.

"We want people to activate and know that this is not a drill. Everything is at stake," she said.

In Beaverton, a rally against racism and bigotry also took place.

"Washington County will not stand for any form of racism or bigotry," said Ashley Bardales, the Lead Organizer with Washington County Educate and Organize.

Bardales said their rally isn't about President-Elect Donald Trump.

"This isn't about Trump. Trump is merely an example of the problems in America. That's how he got elected," said Bardales.

"He didn't create racism. He didn't create white supremacy. That's not his fault. He might have brought people from the woodworks to make them feel comfortable to speak their mind but he didn't create it. It's always been here," said Cecile Evans, the Lead Organizer for Washington County Solidarity.

The rallies and marches aren't over yet.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales announced there will be a 'March of Hope.'

It'll take place at Waterfront Park next Tuesday at 3pm.


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