Photos from PoPville – Students March

by Prince Of Petworth — November 16, 2016 at 1:20 pm 37 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull

Lorie and Chris upload from the DCPS walkout 11/15/16.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Chris Williams

and Caitlin writes:

“Students marching through Silver Spring to downtown on Monday. Props to them for their efforts and for being safe, and to the MC police for the escort”


  • bruno

    What are they protesting, specifically?

    • MR

      I presume they’re protesting Trump and the values they ascribe to him.

      • Anonymous


    • KPS

      Protesting democracy, apparently.

      • Anonymous

        Try reading more and blathering less.

        • bruno

          I’m here illegally, and I want to stay?

          • Anonymous

            Perhaps they care about their friends whose parents brought them here illegally and don’t want to see their friends deported or their families broken up.

          • bruno

            That’s an honest answer. Good for you.

          • Anonymous

            What are you getting at? What were you expecting?
            These kids aren’t idiots.

          • houseintherear

            Here’s one example out of thousands: I had a kid in my school for six years (he’s in middle school now) who came to the US on a bus alone, hiding under a seat, at age 5. He had witnessed a gang murder and his family had to throw him on a bus alone in the middle of the night or he would have been killed. He was able to stay with relatives here, and went to my school from K-5th grade. He had emotional issues to handle, obviously, but he busted rump and was a good student. He was more of an adult than most of us were in high school or college. His parents later joined him here using a work visa, from what I heard. I would imagine a kid like him (and trust me, there are many many many kids like him) would be terrified right now to be sent back and face the violence and terror his family faced. I can only imagine what he is feeling knowing that Trump is going to be the president. Not that anyone should need to hear stories like that to feel empathy, but perhaps this can help you a little.

      • MR

        I think they’re upset about the election and the positions that Trump espoused in order to get elected. But just because they’re protesting the man does not mean they’re protesting democracy.

        • Hill Denizen

          They’re protesting the messages of hate and bigotry espoused by the President-elect. It was intended as more of a unity protest. I actually support kids marching more than the adults. They were relatively powerless in the election process.

  • Marty

    1/2 day off of school!

  • KPS

    Must be a real privilege to have this kind of time on one’s hands.

    • MCR

      These are kids in public school. They presumably have accepted whatever consequences come with missing school to express their beliefs. It is, in fact, part of the democratic process, and a learning experience at that.

      • Emmaleigh504

        DCPS kids got unexcused absences.

    • anon

      almost as much of a privilege of having the time to troll the comments section of Popville.

      • also anon

        +1 well done anon

  • Curious how this got organized – twitter? Other SM links that I have no idea of? Regardless of how one feels about the issue, that degree of organization is pretty impressive. Certainly authorities/teachers/parents/police had to be aware this was in the works.

    • Marty

      my kids’ school sent an email over the weekend about this, and noting that if parents supplied permission, the kids would be let out when an excused absence.

    • AE

      It was organized by some of the students at Wilson and other schools joined in

      • But my question was how was it organized? It appears to have been an enormous, comprehensive effort. Were principals/parents/police aware of it? Supporting it? Just going along? How did 97 high schools all coordinate the march?

      • MM

        Per Washington Post:
        D.C. officials had been aware of the planned high school protest since this past weekend, with students using social media to spread information about the event. Kimberly Martin, Wilson’s principal, sent an email to the school community Monday morning emphasizing that the protest was not a sanctioned school event and that students who miss class would receive unexcused absences.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Donna Martin Graduates!

  • LittleBluePenguin

    I’m really proud of them – those kids had pretty much no control whatsoever as to who ended up getting elected, since they’re underage, but they’re using what political agency they have to ensure that their dissent is noted. They did so quickly and safely, they didn’t (to my knowledge) clash with police or bystanders, they simply wanted their voice – and objections – heard.

    • DCReggae

      +1 I think this is awesome

    • artemis

      +1. This isn’t a protest against democracy, as someone comments above. This is democracy in action, and these kids give me hope.

    • Leeran

      Perfect summary… thank you.

    • Colhi

      +1 Good for them!

    • lorie

      + 1 I took one of the photos and I observed kids that were all respectful of police and bystanders while exercising their First Amendment rights. I was really proud of them. They walked all over town starting at Trump Hotel, to the Capitol, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, White House. Many them held signs of support for women’s rights and expressed genuine concern over reproduction rights. When the police asked them not to enter certain areas, they complied.

  • Mr. Magoo

    This is great to see. These kids are no dopes. They will have to live with the consequences of the incoming administration for a very long time, and they absolutely should make their voices heard. I remember how Vietnam protesters and Iraq war protesters were mocked at the time, but ultimately proven correct. My crystal ball tells me that this will be the same, and someday they will be proud that they spoke up.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    I couldn’t be prouder. Alumni of Wilson HS, class of 1971. Our student body led an area-wide school walkout the morning after 4 students were murdered at Kent State. As a result, the class president was not allowed to graduate from the stage (big f-g deal). He is now on TV whenever there is a major airplane disaster (head of ALPA I believe).

  • houseintherear

    Awesome. Keep fighting, kids. Speak on behalf of all children who had no say in this ridiculous election.

  • Anonymous

    $20 says a good chunk of these kids will end up in war in the next few years. They’ll be doing more to put their lives on the line than anyone else posting here right now. Tons of respect for them for exercising their 1st Amendment rights, despite having no say in the current election.

  • T

    I was soooo proud to see this! My little cousin participated. It’s absolutely incredible to think of what these kids accomplished: joining together en masse, by word spread on social media, in a peaceful and purposeful manner. I don’t like to engage with trolls on any internet/social media platform, but I took to twitter to defend our students against grown @$$ adults chiding them for skipping school because DC has some of the lowest test scores (what does that have to do with the election?), for protesting “our own democracy” (nope – democracy was the tool by which they protested the bigotry and hatred spewed in the campaign), and crying over election results that they cannot change (see “nope” above). My tweeting was futile, but fun and each tweet I responded to made me even more proud of our students!

  • Colin

    Why couldn’t this have been done on a Saturday?

  • Westminster

    This is fantastic. Trump will have an enormous impact on the world of which they will be a part longer than any of us. If they don’t agree with his rhetoric and policies, this is the most effective way to respond. I’m saddened that this hasn’t gotten more national press coverage.


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