#NotMyPresident protest in Grand Rapids Thursday

GVSU student organizes protest after Donald Trump's election

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A protester holds sign that reads "Not My President" during a protest against the election of President-elect Donald Trump, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in downtown Seattle.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Hundreds on Facebook have confirmed plans to attend a rally in Downtown Grand Rapids Thursday protesting Donald Trump’s election.

The protest titled with the hashtag “#NotMyPresident” was planned by a Grand Valley State University student. It’s scheduled to start at 5 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle on Monroe Center in downtown Grand Rapids.

“I would love to see just love and unity…” said Megan Bardenhagen, the junior social work major who planned the event. “I think we can do better than [Donald Trump] as a country.”

The event is one of many that have been staged nationwide. Bardenhagen said she hopes they represent the start of a “revolution” that would in turn prevent Trump from taking office.

“I think that we can all stand together and we can override,” Bardenhagen said. “That’s what our country was founded on, was a revolution.”

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In Kalamazoo Wednesday evening, there a different response to the election. Clergy of multiple faiths gathered at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church downtown to encourage peace and acceptance of the election results. The event was put on by Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community (ISAAC).

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An interfaith prayer service for peace following a contentious election at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo. (Nov. 9, 2016)

“We decided it was important for us to come together under the banner of peace,” said Douglas King, pastor of Grace Covenant Ministries in Kalamazoo . “We don’t always agree but we honor the office.”

King said the service was planned well before the election was held. He said his organized realized that there would be a need for healing no matter how the election had turned.

After being “too close to call” Tuesday night, Trump on Wednesday won Michigan’s electoral college votes, with the state joining the list of several others that went to the billionaire businessman and now president elect after early projections they would go to Hillary Clinton.