Image courtesy of: Kyle McIntyre

By: Claudia Larsen

Numerous protests and marches broke out across the globe on Jan. 20, one day following the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.

With the initial Women’s March planned for Washington D.C., the mass call to activism quickly grew into a worldwide demonstration of solidarity in the name of reform for human rights.

According to the event’s website, there were approximately 673 marches worldwide, with upwards of 4.95 million marchers in attendance.

Additionally, there were even several Mount students who attended marches, one of which includes freshman Kyle McIntyre who travelled from his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to march in D.C. At this particular march he was joined by 500,000 people, as CNN reported.

Of his experience, McIntyre noted that “even though there might have been a lot of hatred directed towards one individual, I’m not gonna mention his name we all know who it is, everybody was so loving and kind. It didn’t matter who you were or where you came from, there was no hatred for each other.”

McIntyre also stated the “electrifying” experience of attending the march was “proof that not all protests are violent, you just have to find the right organizations”.

Determined to see progress made beyond just day one, McIntyre commented on how he believes The Mount can continue to effectively participate in peaceful resistance.

“We need to join in,” McIntyre insisted. “I think that the Mount needs to provide access to these events because they’re really hard to get to, and not just for one point of view but for all sides of the issues.”

Lastly, McIntyre offered that “colleges and activism go hand in hand” and that it’s “really a shame” that the Mount does not push for such as much as they could.