Philadelphia group plans daily protests until Trump's inauguration

Monday, November 14, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Hundreds took to Philadelphia streets Sunday for the fifth night protesting Donald Trump and what they say his presidency will mean for minorities and women.

"I come from a family of immigrants. They're all from Vietnam, and this is important to me because if Donald Trump was the president in the '70s, they wouldn't be here today and I wouldn't be here today," said Cassandra Nguyen of Spring Garden.

The Equality Coalition, the organizer of the latest protest, says this is bigger than Trump, and they plan on protesting every night until Inauguration Day.

"He's not actually the problem, he's a symptom of a bigger problem," said Daniel Curcio, The Equality Coalition.

Earlier in the afternoon, nearly 1,000 protesters marched from Thomas Paine Plaza near City Hall east down Market Street to Independence Mall.

"He, for me at least, represents a lot of division in America, so I think it's going to be tough for the nation to come together," said Kellyn Handforth, Downington, Pa.

Police put rolling closures in place, and surrounded the demonstrators as they waved their posters and signs. Many say they came to show love in the face of hate.

"I think there's a lot of hate going on right now, and I just want to show that we are standing against that hate," said Handforth.

One mom says she attended so her children could see the good in this country.

"I want them to see that not everybody agrees with what's been put out there in the media," said A.D. Mac of Washington, D.C.

But all came to show the country that they're not going away anytime soon, even under a Trump presidency.

"These problems have existed since before now, so the only positive thing about this is we can directly talk about it instead of living in a state of denial," said Gina Murdock of Fishtown.

"Even though he is going to be president, we don't have to lay down and take it. We need to continue to fight until righteousness is done. We need to fight injustice, we need to let our voice be heard that you might be president, but we don't like it," said Jordan.