By Meseret Carver,
Davis High senior Emma Thomsen organized a walk out and a march to Central Park in protest of the 2016 presidential election results on Thursday, Nov. 10.
“American is stronger when it is unified,” Thomsen said.
On the march to Central Park, students were accompanied by the Davis Police Department. Seniors Lauren Wienker and Fox Conner played positive, upbeat songs on a speaker that followed the crowd.
Students also chanted phrases like “Love trumps hate,” “Not my president” and “Say it loud, say it clear. Immigrants are welcomed here.”
Despite the fact that most students at DHS cannot vote, Thomsen believes that they still have a right to make their voices heard.
“I wanted to give students an opportunity to make their voices heard. We can’t change the results of the election, but we can make it clear that we do not stand for the hate vocalized by Donald Trump,” Thomsen said.
Students from both DHS and DaVinci walked out of their fifth period class to join this protest. Throughout the day, there were more than 10 speakers who each had their own reasons for participating in the march.
DHS senior Caitlyn Miller announced to the crowd that she was sexually assaulted, and she wishes to speak for all the men and women that have gone through the same experience. She believers their voices have been silenced because of the result of this election.
Miller spoke at Central Park and told the crowd that “sexual assault is not excusable” despite what the next president believes.
Miller also believes that immigrants in the U.S as well as people around the world are scared and confused about the outcome of this election.
“We’re such a joke right now,” Miller said. “I know people at DHS whose friends and family that live abroad are begging them to move in with them and get out of the U.S.”
Click here to see photos from the demonstration.