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Millennials to Conduct Peaceful “Love Trumps Hate” Rally

November 13, 2016, 8:30 AM HST
* Updated November 13, 8:33 AM
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Donald Trump campaign photo.

Donald Trump campaign photo.

Young Progressives Demanding Action (YPDA) have organized a rally that will take place at Kapi‘olani Park on O‘ahu Sunday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m. before a public march to Trump international Hotel Waikīkī .

The actions are in response to the recent election of President Elect Donald Trump.

The YDPA is a new grassroots organization at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Campus that arose out of the Students for Bernie organization.

“On election night, I slowly realized that Trump would be president and was quite unsettled by the situation,” said Asami Kobayashi, YPDA Chapter leader. “Many people feel upset and angry. Trump won the election. Now what? We organize and mobilize.”

The purpose of this action is to give people a voice to highlight the policies that will be threatened under a Trump presidency and to bring people together in solidarity to prepare to take action and respond to what’s to come under a Trump Presidency, said the YPDA.

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Young people, organized labor, teachers, environmentalists and the community, are very concerned about threats to: women’s rights, climate change, immigration, LGBTQ+, and more, said the YPDA.

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With that said, the YPDA will make its messages issue-oriented rather than name calling or personal attacks, said the YDPA. This is a peaceful protest, organizers said.

YPDA has received explosive growth in response to the election of Trump.

“This fall, YPDA began working on social justice issues related to the abusive labor practices that are all too common in Hawai‘i’s longline fishing fleet,” said Cameron Sato, YPDA organizer. “After this election, it is clear that we have much bigger issues to tackle.”

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Speeches at Kapi‘olani Park across from the aquarium are scheduled for 4 p.m. and at the Trump Hotel at approximately 5 p.m.

Speakers will include student leaders Sato, Asami Kobayashi, Timothy Zhu and Andrea Brower.

Community leaders speaking at the event will include Eric Gill (UNITE-HERE Local 5), Corey Rosenlee (HSTA president), Marti Townsend (Sierra Club) and Khara Jabola-Carolus.

Elected officials speaking at the event will include state Rep. Kaniela Ing from Maui, Kaua‘i County Councilmember Gary Hooser and others.

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