OU’s Young Democratic Socialists held an anti-Trump protest outside of Dale Hall this morning as President Trump's swearing-in ceremony began.
Six protesters with posters began the demonstration, and they welcomed onlookers to join them and to sign up for the Young Democratic Socialists, as well. At its height, there were 17 protesters.
The protest is starting now outside of Dale. pic.twitter.com/3t8Ir6aQlj— Hannah Pike (@h_pike_) January 20, 2017
Will Goree, philosophy and mathematics senior and one of the protest's main organizers, called for open dialogue and stressed the importance of protests and showing solidarity.
Goree: "Change happens when you get together... when you talk to the crazy person talking to you on the South Oval."— Hannah Pike (@h_pike_) January 20, 2017
Aubrey Crynes, international and area studies sophomore, said the Young Democratic Socialists was formed two weeks before the previous fall semester ended, so the members are still working on its organization and leadership.
“At this point, Trump’s been elected and we can’t do anything about that, but we wanted to show this campus that there are ways to fight back,” Crynes said. “There are ways to stand in solidarity. And for the people who stand to lose the most under this administration, we wanted to show them that there are people here who are fighting for them, who will fight with them, and will do everything in our power to protect their rights.”
The group chants: "No Trump, no KKK, no facist USA." pic.twitter.com/A4vdI4hgsl— Hannah Pike (@h_pike_) January 20, 2017
Crynes said the Young Democratic Socialists will have its first official meeting Jan. 26.
Goree: "We'll [the Young Democratic Socialists] be organizing and raising hell a lot more often"— Hannah Pike (@h_pike_) January 20, 2017
For more information about the organization, visit its website.