CHICAGO (CBS) — Students upset with the election of Donald Trump as the nation’s next president were planning a number of protests across the country on Tuesday, planning to walk out of class to show their anger.
Social media posts indicate a group of students at the University of Illinois at Chicago planned to walk out of classes at noon, to stage a “Stop Trump And Walk Out Rally,” as part of a larger movement nationwide.
On Monday, there were similar student protests on the East and West coasts. In Portland, Oregon, middle school, high school, and college students protested Trump’s elections. Meantime, hundreds of students and faculty at Towson University in Maryland held a rally to speak out against hate.
Tuesday’s walkouts in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois were organized by a group called Student Action.
“Students at Northwestern really want to be politically engaged, and there’s a lot of potential here for students to start fighting for a more progressive radical vision of the world that they want to see,” said Scott Brown, founder of the Northwestern University chapter of Student Action. “I think the walkouts are really, really powerful, because they show that young people are not going to settle for the agenda that Donald Trump represents.”
Northwestern students planned to meet Tuesday night at 8 p.m. They were not staging a walkout, because their group just formed this year, and has only a handful of members.
However, walk-outs were planned for Tuesday at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Illinois State University.