'Don't Shoot' activists gather in Rockwood
Activists oppose Trump presidency with protest in East Multnomah County on Friday.
In response to the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, Jan. 20, Don't Shoot Portland took to Gresham's streets to lead a small demonstration aimed at raising awareness in East Multnomah County.
The event took place near the MAX station at Southeast 162nd Avenue and East Burnside Street.
"There aren't a whole lot of voices here on the east side," said Star Stauffer, one of the organizers. "We are having this demonstration to empower the community to speak up for what they believe in."
The group of about 30 people held up signs and joined in chants supporting minorities and the community. Many of the chants were aimed at Trump, with some strong language being used. Participants said the sentiment was in reaction to the divisive slant that permeated the 2016 Presidential Election.
Protesters said they are skeptical about Trump's preparedness for the highest elected office in the U.S.
"We understand the danger of a Donald Trump presidency," Stauffer said.
As they stood on the corner, many passing drivers showed support by honking and yelling out their windows.
The group stayed in Gresham for about an hour before making its way into downtown Portland to join the larger demonstrations.
Don't Shoot Portland is an activist group that was formed in 2014. It uses grassroots events to help provide a voice for community outreach, with the focus on non-violent direct action and protest.