Thousands of students from the University of Texas at Austin took a break from their studies to watch the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. The universities Multicultural Engagement Center (MEC), was among the campus locations that students from various ethnic groups came together regardless of political views or affiliations to witness the 45th President oath of office. The inauguration also prompted numerous students from the International Socialist Organization, Palestinian Solidarity Committee, United Students Against Sweatshops, and the Revolutionary Student Front to organize a walk out and protest in front of the historic UT tower where they chanted, “No KKK, no fascist USA, no Trump!”
The morning after the inauguration, women in Austin and around the world voiced their disenchantment of President Trump’s proposed policies affecting women during a Women’s March. An estimated 50,000 women marched from the Texas capital through downtown Austin to show their unity, dissatisfaction and demand for respect for women’s rights. I personally had the opportunity to participate in the Austin march. It was a very moving and powerful experience to march alongside thousands of women from all ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds, as well as men. UT Austin sophomore, Tiffany Onyeugo said, “The Austin Women’s march was important for me because I was able to stand in solidarity with people all over the world who believe in the same causes and hold the same beliefs. The 2016 election will go down as one of the most controversial elections in history, and I felt it was important to join in the collective voice of opposition. I wanted to help send the message that as women, we see Donald Trump and we won’t go quietly. It was an amazing experience and, truly made me proud to be a woman.”
UT Austin senior, Kendall Taylor said, “I’m going to remember the Women’s March so vividly for the rest of my life.” “Everyone came together to support, to spread love and to grieve together. People’s signs were amazing, people’s attitudes were amazing, and I can’t remember the last time I was in such a supportive, hopeful and loving environment. This was an amazing first step,” added Taylor.
The Austin Women’s March reportedly attracted the largest number of participants in Texas history.