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Anti-Trump protests in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia

Written by The Associated Press and Margaret Krauss/Keystone Crossroads | Nov 10, 2016 3:01 AM
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Protesters march along 57th Street toward Trump Tower, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York, in opposition of Donald Trump's presidential election victory. Protests were also held in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(Philadelphia) -- About 1,000 people have marched through Philadelphia to protest the presidential election of Republican Donald Trump.

Protesters gathered Wednesday night near Philadelphia's City Hall.

They reached Temple University's main campus about an hour and a half later.

Organizers say the rally came about due to feelings of "anger, unrest and disgust" at the election.

Organizers criticized both the Democratic and Republican parties.

They say Vermont Senato Bernie Sanders, who lost to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the primary, could have united voters on class interests.

Protesters held signs and chanted, "Not my president."

Dozens of police officers on bicycles and in patrol cars followed the crowd.

There have been no reported injuries.

In Pittsburgh last night, more than 200 people packed a meeting to figure out how to deal with a Trump Presidency.

The event, organized through Facebook, was called "Emergency Meeting: Let's Unite To Stop President Trump."

Though the title is fiery, the discussion was restrained, mostly focused on how to increase civic and political engagement. 

Jessica Wolfe, 36, is a social worker. She travels throughout southwestern Pennsylvania seeing patients in their homes.

"There's not a whole lot out there anymore, there's not infrastructure and jobs and things like that," she said. "So, I think the rural people feel abandoned."

Wolfe says there are drug and crime problems in rural areas that Trump promised to fix.

But Ron Idoko says Trump stoked whites' fears of non-whites, and those fears drowned out all the other issues at stake.

"I felt like this was more of white America saying, 'We need to make sure we stay white, remain white,'" he said. "There were a lot of folks that were just scared of other people"

Idoko teaches public policy at the University of Pittsburgh.

He says people are fearful of one another because they don't cross paths in daily life.

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