Protest marchers take to the streets in St. Petersburg – Florida Politics – Florida Politics (blog)
Hundreds gathered in St. PetersburgSunday night to send a message to elected officials.
Their message: A majority of the people do not support the policies and rhetoric of President-elect Donald Trump. And, the people want their local and nationally elected officials to oppose those policies — with an eye to Congressional elections in two years and the next presidential election in four years.
“We’re watching,” St. Petersburg resident Elizabeth Pomeroy said. “We’re not going to lay down as he basically destroys the civil rights that so many people have worked so hard to obtain.”
Deborah Anderson, a self-described political activist from St. Pete, handed out safety pins to all who wanted them. The safety pin is a symbol, she said, of “solidarity to people who are being targeted.”
She was referring to immigrants, Muslims, and African-Americans, three groups that were on the whipping post for much campaign rhetoric from the Trump camp.
“We have got to stop Trump from putting his agenda forward,” Anderson said. “We’re not going to let the gains [President Barack] Obama did and his legacy of the last eight years be rolled back.”
She added the protests and unity among those opposing Trump’s policies “will send a message to other politicians that there is a strong group of people who are like, ‘Hell, no!’”
Pomeroy and Anderson were speaking before the first of the marches from Demens Landing to Williams Park and back again. An estimated 800 to 1,000 people joined the march. Among the crowd were people of all ages, including a few children, and multiple ethnicities. Some marchers were on crutches.
They were carrying signs with messages such as “Baby boomers against Trump/We’ve been here before,” apparently a reference to the civil rights marches of the 1960s and Vietnam era; “Got $ for war but can’t feed