Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

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Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

Protesters stand in silence before President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

Ariston Jones, a student at UTC, protests at the Make America Great Again Rally on November 4, 2018. (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

UTC freshamn Sawyer Suerth gathers on E 4th Street to protest the Make America Great Again Rally on November 4, 2018. (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

Kevin Lee, UTC's Peaceful Protest Leader, briefs student protesters. President Trump's Rally was in Chattanooga, TN to endorse Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn. Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Katie Haremski)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

UTC freshman Natalie Church chants with fellow protesters at the Make America Great Again Rally on November 4, 2018. (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

A sign rests against a Chattanooga Police vehicle. President Trump's Rally was in Chattanooga, TN to endorse Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Katie Haremski)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

Emily, dressed as a handmaid, stands with protesters outside of President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

President Trump supporters waves flags as people waited in line. President Trump's Rally was in Chattanooga, TN to endorse Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Katie Haremski)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

Evie Nazor-Comer, age 8, participates in the protest against the Make America Great Again Rally on November 4, 2018. (photo by Allie Schrenker)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

Police separate protesters and supporters on 4th Street. President TrumpÕs Rally was in Chattanooga, TN to endorse Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn. Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Katie Haremski)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

AJ Hart protests on 4th Street. President TrumpÕs Rally was in Chattanooga, TN to endorse Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Katie Haremski)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

A President Trump supporter reacts to protesters before President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

Francesca Prado shows off a sign while protesting President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

UTC freshman Natalie Church chants before President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

A Trump supporter reacts to protesters before President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

A protest organizer speaks to the crowd before heading to President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

A protester marches to President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

A protester shouts at Trump supporters before President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

A Trump supporter reacts to protester chants before President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

Sarah McLean, a protester, argues with a Trump supporter during President Trump's Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

Kofi, a Trump protester, argues with Trump supporters during President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

Miranda, a protester, argues with Trump supporters during President Trump's Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

Julia Christianson watches Trump supporters and protesters during President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

Garron Findlayson argues with protesters during President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

Dacota Goodwin argues with Trump supporters during President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

Alexis argues with President Trump supporters during President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

A Trump supporter watches President Trump’s speech from a UTC parking garage during the Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

Peaceful Protest Orchestrated by UTC Students: Gallery

Francesca Prado shouts at Trump supporters during President Trump’s Make America Great Again Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Photo by Ashley Rutledge)

By Katie Haremski, Features Editor, and Ashley Rutledge, Assistant Features Editor—


On Sunday, Nov. 4, UTC’s campus was packed with thousands of people as a result of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to endorse Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn. Many were there in support of President Trump, but many were also there to exercise their First Amendment and protest.

 

While a sea of individuals wearing and selling ‘Make America Great Again’ hats and t-shirts waited in line to enter McKenzie Arena, many UTC students came together to orchestrate a peaceful protest against President Trump, his treatment of immigrants, refugees, transgender people, and more.

 

UTC student, Kevin Lee, was the leader of the peaceful protest. Lee said that the reason why the protest was orchestrated was because of the message that The President and his supporters are “telling us.”

 

Lee said the problem is that this country is not about “both sides.” Lee explained that “both sides weren’t the ones that sent out pipe bombs on Donald Trump’s critic” and that is why they protested.

 

[Kevin Lee] is combat veteran and served the United States for six years. He spent his time in the United States Air Force, Special Operations and in Intelligence and held one of the highest security clearances possible in the United States.

 

Lee lead protesters from Chamberlain Field on campus to the outskirts of McKenzie Arena in the Blood Assurance parking lot.

 

The peaceful protesters joined the ‘Stand for Peace!’ protesters. The protesters stood on one side of 4th Street as Trump supporters waited in line to enter McKenzie Arena. Officers from the Chattanooga Police Department, as well as CPD Chief David Roddy, stood in the middle of the street and focused on crowd control.

 

Some UTC students and community members donned bright yellow vests, indicating that they were mediators who could help diffuse a tense situation should one arise between a protester and a rally attendee. There were also a few religious leaders who stood alongside the protesters who were there to represent unity and to help mediate tense discourse between protesters and Trump supporters.

 

Once the Make America Great Again rally began, protesters moved from the Blood Assurance parking lot to the west campus parking garage, where many Trump supporters were viewing the rally on a large video screen.

 

Discourse between protesters and Trump supporters carried on well throughout the program, while Chattanooga police officers again controlled the crowd as both sides argued over topics like immigration, discrimination and women’s rights.

 

The protestors were compliant with the police and the protest ended with no violence.

 

Lee’s ultimate hope was that their [the protestors] voice would be heard and that everyone felt safe.

Logan Garrett

Logan Garrett

Editor-In-Chief

Logan Garrett hails from Vonore, Tennessee and was named Editor-In-Chief of the University Echo in May 2018. He is a communication major with a psychology and Spanish double minor. Logan is also an associate editor for UReCA, an undergraduate research publication journal. You can reach him at Logan-Garrett@mocs.utc.edu or on twitter @LoganGarrett__.

1 Comment
  1. As usual Ashley you authored a good piece telling us about both sides of the story without inserting your opinion – GREAT journalism!!!
    Many people who served our country in the military including me are concerned about the direction of our country. It is a sad day when our president is not interested in anyone that didn’t vote for him. I served for 7 years in the National Guard to protect EVERY American. My Mom taught me a song 65 years ago – red and yellow, black and white, they are ALL precious in HIS sight. A lot of Americans need to re-assess their bias.
    Our country depends on our leaders telling the truth and caring about ALL Americans, no matter who they are or what they look like or where they came from.
    With journalist like you I feel we old people are leaving America in good hands.
    Randad

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