A look back at this year’s marches, rallies

Students gather to listen to protesters speak out about students rights.

Emily Clement

There have been many marches and rallies that have taken place in the Ames/Des Moines area during the 2016-2017 school year.

Here is a look back at the top events that have taken place:

Not My President– Hundreds of students reacted to the election of President-elect Donald Trump by taking part in the “Not My President” march just days after the election took place.

The students gathered around MacKay Hall and vocalized their responses to Trump’s election. Students said they were “angry, frustrated and confused” and had strong feelings over what they thought Trump was going to do to the government.

They also covered the topics of white supremacy and international students’ fate once Trump was to become president.

It was said that the main goal was to deliver letters to President Leath regarding his connections to Bruce Rastetter, president of the Board of Regents of Iowa, who was suspected to be hired by Trump.

Women’s March– The Women’s March took place the day after President Trump’s inauguration. 

Women gathered in all 50 states in order to send a message of unity to people all over the globe, but the biggest even was in Washington D.C. as over a half a million people attended the march.

It was estimated that almost 25,000 people were in attendance in Des Moines where many Iowa State students convened as well.

There were many celebrities in attendance in the rallies across the world, including Gloria Steinem and Madonna.

Spirit of American– Trump supporters gathered at the Iowa State Capitol to support President Trump.

Supporters were dressed in their “Make America Great Again” hats and carried signs and flags to show their appreciation for the president.

The rally included multiple speakers including people who supported Trump and contributed through out his presidential campaign. One of these speakers was Tana Goertz who was the senior adviser to Trump throughout the campaign.

People expressed their gratitude towards Trump and spoke on why they thought he would be successful. 

Hoodies and Hijabs– The Hoodies and Hijabs Solidarity March came after Trump’s immigration ban on multiple Muslim-majority countries. 

Students gathered at the front of the Memorial Union where they would begin their march to Parks Library in an effort to share their disappointment toward the immigration ban. 

Many people held signs showing how they were affected by the ban.

Once the group made it to Parks Library, Martino Harmon, vice president for student affairs, addressed the crowd expressing “I stand with you in solidarity.”

People from the Ames community were also in attendance to show support for the Iowa State community.

Black Lives Matter– A Black Lives Matter march and rally took places in Ames on Saturday afternoon near downtown Ames.

About a hundred Iowa State students took part in the event and acknowledged their own experiences dealing with racism. They also acknowledged incidents that have occurred on campus such as posters being hung displaying swastikas.

Students explained that no one is talking about discrimination and that they needed to have this march in order to get people talking.