Speaking up for the first time

Quincy Nolan, Columnist

This past election was the first time I was ever able to cast my vote for the President of the United States.  The first time to have my voice heard. What a rush that was, to be able to take part in this historical election is something I will forever hold near and dear to my heart. Regardless of who won, I often find myself thinking back on that aspect of the whole process fondly.

Now regarding who won, I am not pleased. I am disgusted, terrified, confused, angry, sad etc. etc. and that’s what led me to Point Park Fountain on Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 for the “Trump is NOT MY President Peaceful Demonstration.”

Again, I can’t help but stop and think about that for minute. As an American citizen who is angry, I am able to gather with like minded people and stand up for what we believe in. For that, I am truly grateful.

Hundreds of people came and went throughout the day to show their disgust with the president elect.  People of all ages, race and sexual orientations were present. There was a strong sense of unity among the protesters that really put me at ease. For being a protest, there was an awful lot of love present.

After hours of immobile protesting, we took it to the streets. You could hear the chants of the protesters from all over Pittsburgh. Considering Pittsburgh voted blue, we got mostly support. However, the Steelers were playing the Cowboys, so you can imagine we had some conflict near the stadium. We met all the hate with love. 

This rally allowed my voice to be heard. As a result, I am at peace with my emotions. It’s not that I am not feeling them anymore, but rather I now have an outlet for them. I am doing everything in my power to make the change I want to see.

Now, I’m not here to convert Trump supporters. However, I am here to tell those opposed, there is more that you can do. Go out and get involved. Find a local rally and if you can’t find one start your own. Never stop raising your voice.

So good luck to you President Trump, and I’ll be out here on the picket line for the next four years.

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