By Angelica Rodriguez SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS)- Around 1000 students and community members joined the national movement #SanctuaryCampus Walk Out to protest against the hate fueled during the elections this year.
Students around the country walked out of classes on Wednesday to express their thoughts and feelings against the expected Trump’s immigration policies. They wanted their school to be a “sanctuary place,” a safe spot for undocumented students who may fear Trump’s expected plans of deportation.
However, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University students wanted to give a broader message: “We are with you, we support you, we don’t want you to feel unsafe.”
Students wanted people of color, LGBT and Queer communities, immigrants and other minority groups to know that they are welcome and safe at these two campuses. They wanted to give a clear message: “We can and we will talk without fear.”
The protest began at 3 p.m. on University Hill, specifically at the Quad. Students, faculty and community members walked through out the University Place Promenade and ended at the ESF Quad.
Protesters were holding signs such as “If you are not angry, you are not paying attention,” “We will not be silent,” and “Spread Love, Not Hate.” They were also shouting messages such as “Ready for justice and education, not for massive deportation.”
It took less than a week for the organizers to set up the protest in Syracuse. Students solely organized the protest and it was promoted two days before the big day. Amy Quichiz, SU student and organizer, explained that this meant a lot for her because it dealt with her rights and beliefs.
“When we notice and really get the concept of subjectivity with everyone’s identities and not only feel but have direct action such as political activism and defending one another, that’s when we really achieve a closer look to justice,” Quichiz said.
Quichiz and many other students with different backgrounds felt this protest was their opportunity to share their personal story and make sure that they share a joint and powerful message of love, hope and support.
“I’m ready for the revolution,” expressed Quichiz, “I’m ready to fight loud for what I believe in, unapologetically here to love everyone radically.”