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Anti-Trump rallies planned in Omaha this weekend

Posted: 11:21 PM, Nov 10, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-11 01:08:08-05

After Wednesday's Anti-Trump protest in downtown Omaha, other organizers are putting together peaceful  rallies to stand in solidarity with all those hurt by Trump's campaign rhetoric.

"It's not unclear what Donald Trump ran on, outside of polices. I think both republicans and democrats can agree that Donald Trump said things that people are fearful of," says Cole Evans, a UNO student and teacher. "How can a person who said they can grab a person by their genitals without their permission get to be President?"

Mia Matlock, an organizer for Saturday's rally at Memorial Park says she wanted to organize a solidarity march to alleviate much of the negative social media commentary. 

”It’d be nice if we could all just get together and show a little bit of love for each other and be a little bit of hope when things seem a little dark," says Matlock. 

Matlock says the march's focus isn't to bash Trump, but offer a safe space for people to express their frustrations with the election results. 

"I think we might all have anti-trump sentiments but really the goal is to just remind people that are upset inside that they have friends and that people are willing to support them."

"I can't think of a better day than veterans day to practice our right to protest - my dad is a veteran, my step-dad - a veteran. So we're kind of using their sacrifices they gave us to protest i think is important.," says Evans. 

Evans  says they want these rallies to also be constructive. They'll be collecting food and winter clothes for the Siena/Francis House and raising money for organizations, like Higher Heroes USA, a veteran organization.

The organizers say they want to make sure it's a peaceful protest, but welcome those who don't agree.

"If you voted for trump and you want to talk about why, we can totally do that.  We don't want any hateful language, we don't want anybody to feel uncomfortable being around us, if they're walking around, we want everybody to feel perfectly safe and fine," says Rebecca Kerwin.

Friday's rally begins at 4 p.m. at Gene Leahy Mall and will march to the House of Loom by 5:30 and hold a solidarity event at 6 p.m.

Saturday's solidarity march will begin at 10 a.m. at Memorial Park and will head to 72nd and Dodge.