On January 20th 2017, people marched through the streets of Sacramento in protest of the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States. One group formed in the quad of Sacramento City College and marched down Freeport Boulevard before convening with a larger group in front of the State Capital, where people chanted, played music, performed spoken-word poetry and gave speeches on behalf of groups and causes they felt were threatened after the inauguration.
The Sacramento’s Women’s March, which began at Southside Park and ended at the State Capitol, was held on January 22nd. The march started at 10:00 AM, and ended at 3:00 PM. Marchers were told to wear rain gear, however, the skies showed no rain until around 2:00, when there was a light drizzle. There were many speakers at the event, including Tracie Stafford, Shauna Heckert, Kathy Kneer, Jessica Bartholow, Alejandra Valles, Sheryl Evans Davis, Emily Bender, and many more.
“I have never been afraid that we would go backward in women’s rights,” said Stafford, in reference to the Presidential Inauguration days before, “…but this, this scares me.”
An estimated 20,000 people marched to the capitol on Saturday, not just to protest the inauguration of President Trump, but also to show their support for human rights. Protesters wore rainbow flags, Mexican flags, and other flags that were indicative of the human rights protesters were supporting.
“We cannot let our eyes adjust to the darkness,” Davis told the crowd. “The light of truth must stay on.”
“I came because… I don’t want to be silent,” said Joan Bartosik, a protester who traveled to Sacramento from New Cassa. “I don’t want my silence to show support for what’s going on.”
The protests stayed peaceful throughout the event, despite the very controversial topics that were being discussed. There were little tensions between police and protesters, and many of the protesters were friendly. Some handed out bottled waters and cookies to other people attending the event. There were even school buses that had pulled up to the Capitol so that students could see the protests.
“I think the turnout’s great. Very enthusiastic,” Bartosik said about the Women’s March. “There’s been no problems that I see. It feels comfortable. There’s kids, there’s dogs; very peaceful.”
Despite many protesters being geared up for rain, it only sprinkled towards the end of the rally. However, Stafford did have this to say in relation to the weather and inauguration, “I just got news that a storm is coming in, but the storm has already come.”
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Donald Trump’s plan to deport millions of illegal immigrants from the U.S. has created controversy whether it is a good idea or not. I went out to downtown Sacramento to ask a few people on their opinions on the matter.
Donald Trump’s plan to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants from the U.S. could potentially make America sick and could hurt Sacramento’s public health. According to a study done by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2011, it is estimated that there are two-million undocumented immigrants in California alone.
“They have to go. We either have a country, or we don’t have a country,” Donald Trump told NBC’S Meet The Press. “We’re going to keep the families together, but they have to go.”
American College of Physicians President Dr. Wayne Riley told thinkprogress.org that mass deportation would cause “distrust of anyone assumed to be associated with federal, state and local government, including physicians and other health care professionals providing care in publicly-funded hospitals and clinics.”
This should be taken as a warning to Trump that his plan to deport undocumented peoples may hurt America and its public health. The deportation plan would install fear of being deported in undocumented immigrants and they might avoid hospitals despite having medical issues.
This assumed fear has historical examples. In one case, a 20 year old worker became quadriplegic after an incident at a construction site. After he was denied prolonging care on a ventilator, he was deported to Mexico and later died. Another case at a New York clinic denied a kidney transplant for an undocumented woman before the clinic changed their mind.
This could be very concerning to many undocumented immigrants because if Trump’s plan goes underway, that would mean they have no place to go if any one of them gets sick or catches a disease because of the fear of being deported. They would try to fight and pass through whatever medical issue they may have to avoid a hospital stay and not become deported.
In Sacramento County there are 50,000 undocumented immigrants. Each of which could be too afraid to go to a hospital and potentially putting the community at risk of communicable diseases.
“Trump refuses to see the reality,” said Diana Vaca Oropeza, a student at John F. Kennedy when asked about her opinions on the mass deportation plan. “This is an act of racism towards a group of people.”
Still, there are mixed views on the mass deportation plan of Trump, with many people supporting the plan and others very against it.