(WTNH) — As thousands of people marched in 10 cities across the nation to protest President-elect Donald Trump, across Connecticut the voices of protest could be heard too.
At the University of Connecticut, The Daily Campus newspaper posted video of a student rally demanding unity in the face of Trump’s many comments and twitter rants against minority groups.
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Protesters gave the university a 5:00 p.m. Friday deadline to release a statement supporting minority groups. The university says it’s working on it.
Someone left graffiti on the Frontier building in New Haven that had a disparaging swear word and Trump’s name.
The Yale Daily News posted a video of students letting out a primal scream. It happened 12:30 Wednesday morning, as it became increasingly clear who would win the election.
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And in East Haddam, a pro-unity sign was defaced.
Theresa Govert of East Haddam was so upset with Trump’s divisive campaign messages that she painted two signs with a quote from a journalist named Shawn King. It stated, “Dear Muslims, Immigrants, Women, diabled, LGBTQ=folks, & all people of color, we love you – boldly and proudly. We will endure.”
“So there’s incredible journalist name to Sean King and he had posted late Tuesday night a message that really resonated deeply with me,” said Govert. “I decided to paint on the sign that we love you boldly and proudly and that we were not slinking back into the shadows with this new presidency.”
Govert was a Hillary supporter and had a hard time with the news of a Trump presidency.
“Pretty shocked and devastated cried a few times,” said Govert.
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When she put up the sign, Govert expected that someone would come by and deface it. She says, she was surprised by what the graffitti said, “Trump 2016.”
“To make it seem like the sign was an anti-Trump sign seems more divisive, when we’re trying to bring people together right now,” said Govert.
The graffitti didn’t last long, a mother and daughter repainted the sign white. Govert painted a new message on the sign. It let people know there was a discussion scheduled for Sunday from 2-4 at the Two Wrasslin Cats in East Haddam. It’s theme – TOGETHER – We make America great again. And she added a makeshift sign below that reads, “Still, we rise.”