One Pittsburgh held a post-election gathering in Market Square on Wednesday evening.

One Pittsburgh held a post-election gathering in Market Square on Wednesday evening.

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Protests and an emergency meeting: Pittsburgh braces for Trump presidency

Five events are scheduled to take place throughout the city Wednesday.

MJ Slaby

Updated Wednesday, 7:07 p.m. 

As it became clear early Wednesday morning that Republican Donald Trump would be the next president, some Pittsburghers began organizing.

Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania by just over a percentage point. Clinton won Allegheny County, but lost in surrounding areas.

Around 2:30 a.m., the Associated Press called the election for the Trump. Clinton called Trump to concede a short time later. Here are the events Pittsburghers created overnight and into Wednesday morning.

Events planned for Nov. 9

What Life Matters CMU will be giving away free free snacks, signs, and shirts. The group will also be talking about the failures of the two-party and electoral systems and "how neither major party presents a holistic perspective of human rights and human dignity."
Where Cohon University Center at 5032 Forbes Ave. (Squirrel Hill North)
When November 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
How much Free
What Organizers said unity is the only way to stop Donald Trump. This meeting will be a time to discuss "how we might form a coherent, viable, and powerful strategy of self-defense and liberation under President Trump."
Where Ace Hotel Pittsburgh at 120 S Whitfield St. (East Liberty)
When November 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
How much Free
What Repair the World: Pittsburgh is rescheduling an event about gender inequity in schools to have "a space for people to come together and support each other," due to the hurt and raw emotion people are feeling today.
Where at 6022 Broad St. (East Liberty)
When November 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
How much Free
What A Facebook group called "Life Changing Memes for Salty Chatham Teens" is planning a vigil for the future of the United States." However, organizers also said the event is satire.
Where Point State Park at 601 Commonwealth Pl. (Central business district)
When November 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
How much Free

Midday Nov. 9

Around noon Wednesday, protesters roved across the city, some Downtown on Grant Street, others on and near the Carnegie Mellon and Pitt campuses.

Chants could be heard in the county courthouse.

Mayor Bill Peduto met people Downtown, WTAE reported:

Crowds also assembled in Oakland, where hundreds poured into the streets on Tuesday night.

The crowd also moved to the Carnegie Mellon campus.

Early morning Nov. 9

Pitt students gathered for an early morning protest in Oakland when it became clear that Donald Trump would become the 45th president, as first noted by The Pitt News.

Protest the patriarchy (IF TRUMP WINS) started early this morning at Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard. Hundreds of students gathered in the streets of Oakland.

According to its Facebook event:

If Trump wins this presidency, we’re protesting. We are not protesting the democratic process, or the fact that our own people voted for this outcome. We are protesting the violent rapist, bigot, racist, sexist, misogynist who could very well run this country. Hope with us that we can fall asleep tonight instead of protesting on this rainy night in Pittsburgh.

Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Corrine Jasmin, 22, a Point Park University student, gave a passionate speech on the Cathedral of Learning steps berating Mr. Trump for being a “racist.”

“I’m a little angry,” Ms. Jasmin told the Post-Gazette after concluding her speech. “I’m with her. I voted for equality, I voted for women.”


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