Amid nationwide demonstrations against the election of Republican President-elect Donald Trump, several Democratic state lawmakers spoke to a solemn crowd of roughly 200 during a peaceful “Rally for Unity” Thursday evening at the steps of the State Capitol.

The grassroots gathering was not associated with any organization and had no official program. One of its planners, Kylie Gursky, said it was held because “we believe we must work together to build communities that ensure safety and dignity for everyone and challenge bigotry and intolerance.”

“In response to the election of Donald Trump, many people are uncertain and fear for themselves and their families,” she said. “We gather to say that we will love and protect our neighbors, to say that we will resist racism, sexism, and Islamophobia.”


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