UConn students hold peaceful rally against bigotry

November 10, 2016 GMT

STAMFORD — After her chosen candidate for president lost on Tuesday, Valeria Ochoa felt an oddly renewed sense of motivation.

The 19-year-old University of Connecticut Stamford student, who cast her vote for Hillary Clinton, organized arally on campus Thursday, calling for peace and unity as the country braces for a Donald Trump presidency.

“We are not here to protest his presidency — we can be respectful of that. The goal is to protest the ideals of his supporters,” she said. “We want to fight patriarchy, homophobia, xenophobia, all of these ‘phobias’ that divide the country.”

Ochoa sees Trump as the common enemy that could unify the country after a bitter and divisive campaign. That’s why she was relieved to see more than 100 people—students, faculty and administrators—gather in the campus’s main concourse on Thursday afternoon.

“We are the generation that has the power. We need to band together in order to make social change,” she said.

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