Written by Morgan Jenkins. Feature Photo/Morgan Jenkins.
Protesters gathered once again for a “March Against Discrimination” on Thursday, Feb. 2 in center city Philadelphia, and it’s not likely to be the last time these riled city slickers hit the streets. At 6 p.m., about 200 people marched from 4th and Market to City Hall, where speakers took turns discussing the issue at hand. Protesters held signs high, displaying the various reasons and grievances people had for being at the march.
One sign read, “Dismantle White Supremacy.” Another, “Impeach President Bannon,” refers to President Trump’s Chief Strategist (and former Breitbart executive) Stephen Bannon–both slogans paint pictures as to where motivation for marching came from. The speakers, who at times were unable to be identified, certainly knew how to get a crowd going (no alternative facts necessary) by diversifying who spoke.
While the purpose of the overall march was to stand against what they see to be Trump’s blatant discrimination, speakers narrowed subject matter down. One speaker, Malcolm Kenyatta, riled the crowd and proposed that, while they should definitely talk about Donald Trump, “Harrisburg is WORSE!” Harrisburg, being the state’s capitol. Watch below:
Kenyatta points out Harrisburg to the crowd. Video/Morgan Jenkins.
Penn. State Senator Daylin Leach (D.) joined protesters to express his disdain in regards to President Trump’s recent string of controversy, as well as a female rabbi who spoke of Trump’s Holocaust Remembrance Day speech, in which he removed the entire presence of anti-semitism from the narrative of the Holocaust. Watch below:
Penn. State Sen. Daylin Leach speaks to protesters. Video/Morgan Jenkins.
The final speaker before the crowd disbanded called himself Rev. Jordan of interdenominational faith. In a powerful sendoff message, he implores that activists keep fighting and organizing, then asks that the crowd repeat after him: I am somebody. Watch below:
Rev. Jordan empowers protesters as the march comes to a close. Video/Morgan Jenkins.
After the march fizzled to an end around 7 p.m., protesters traveled home with signs in hand. Callie Darms, 24, and Annie Vetrone, 20, caught the Patco train back to Collingswood and reflected on their first experience protesting. Even though they had missed the march, getting to be in the action at city hall was an inspiring moment for them.“I feel like this is the first time in a long time that there’s actually a whole group of people that we can keep the momentum going. It actually feels like there might be a chance of making a difference,” Darms said. “If not now, then at least by the next election if we can keep the energy going.”