Residents Brave the Elements to Protest Hate Speech

Photos by Jarrett M. Ramones.

FRESNO, Calif. – On the morning that Donald Trump was sworn into office, dozens of community members joined forces to protest him and his inauguration.

As early as 7 a.m., protests happened throughout Fresno. As some protests were shut down by the CHP, protestors all gathered at the intersection of Shaw and Blackstone.

Protesters withstood the cold and rain for three hours with signs that read “Impeach Trump” and “Not My President.” A true representation of their fight and determination preparing for Trump’s presidency.




I’m a Latina and I’m definitely dissatisfied with the fact that he said such pejorative things about my community. My community, we are not rapists, we are not criminals, we are not drug traffickers. That was just hateful, xenophobic rhetoric and that’s what really put me in opposition with him from the inception.
Genoveva Islas (Community Member)




I can see that there is a lot of fear and I just want to let [people] know that there are millions of people that stand in opposition of Donald Trump and what he believes in and people will work tirelessly to protect those that are being oppressed due to his policies. 
Ome Quetzal Lopez (Dulce UpFront)




I’m out here because I definitely want to add my voice with those in dissent and I feel like it’s part of the beauty of us as Americans that we have the opportunity to express dissatisfaction with our government.
Genoveva Islas (Community Member)




I do this because I love my community and I’m still f–king here.
Ome Quetzal Lopez (Dulce UpFront)



Johnsen Del Rosario (he/him/his) on Instagram
Johnsen Del Rosario (he/him/his)
WHO IS HE? Johnsen Del Rosario, 26, graduated from Fresno State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism with an emphasis in Print Journalism. When he’s not at Target (Which is all the time), he spends his time watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix. #ClearEyesFullHearts. Also, pancakes and coffee.

DID YOU KNOW? He prefers sandwiches over burritos.

FEATURED AREA: Social Media.

For more from Johnsen, visit his blog
Jarrett Ramones (he/him/his) on Instagram
Jarrett Ramones (he/him/his)
WHO IS HE? Jarrett M. Ramones is a multimedia artist based in Fresno, California. He graduated from Fresno State with a BA in Media Communications and Journalism. Jarrett is the Art Director and principal Photographer for The kNOw Youth Media.

His goal is to push the narrative of his community to as large of an audience as possible – to share the stories of the underrepresented and otherwise unheard.

DID YOU KNOW? Jarrett enjoys horror movies and collects Joker playing cards.

FEATURED AREA: Art Director and Photographer.

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