MSU students organize rally promoting “love not hate”

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – As protests and demonstrations have been prevalent in major American cities, a rally was held tonight on the campus of Michigan State University.

Dozens of people gathered in the wake of Tuesday’s night election and they had one message…to promote love, not hate.

“People united, we’ll never be defeated!!” chanted the crowd.

“I’ve been in the closet for like most of my life and today is the first day that I walked out the door and said ok everybody I’m transgender. I’m not scared of Donald Trump, I’m not even scared of Mike Pence…I’m scared of…everyone else,” said Canton local Shelby Pulk.

For Pulk, tonight’s rally was more than just a sea of people chanting. It was a call for people to come together.

“It’s not about politics at this point, it’s about humans, it’s about humanity and it’s about how do we want people to be treated,” Pulk stated.

Regardless of a person’s race, religion, gender or ethnicity tonight’s gathering was a unifying experience.

“We love you, we accept you, we want you to be yourself, never be afraid to be who you are and we’re here for you,” MSU College Democrats President Dan Eggerding said.

When Republican Donald Trump became the president-elect, it sent shockwaves through our nation and people here tonight wanted their voices heard.

“It’s like the world stopped turning but it has to keep going and we have to become involved and we have to do something about it,” said Grand Rapids Local Chelsea Julian.

Speakers from different minority groups shared words of empowerment as well.

“I didn’t think there was anybody like me anywhere near me, I thought ok maybe they’re out there but they’re in a different city, different country, different state but I mean…they’re not, they’re all right here,” Pulk added.

From “the rock” on MSU’s campus, to a march through East Lansing there was one message that was heard loud and clear…peace and unity.

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