As an expected 200,000 people prepare to march on Washington, D.C. in protest of Donald Trump, groups across Rochester gathered to voice their concerns on the eve of the inauguration.
At the Memorial AME Zion church, members gathered to discuss their fears about how the incoming president could affect their community in particular.
“I was very disturbed at the president elect’s comments about his intention to bring back stop and frisk, that is frightening to black men,” said Pastor Kenneth James.
But Pastor James says he’s confident that if the black community remains diligent and outspoken they can make it through anything, saying “I think we’ve dealt with much worse and survived.”
Across town, local educators rallied against Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy Devos, saying she lacks experience in education and wouldn’t be a friend to public education in particular.
“She didn’t go to a public school she didn’t send her kids to public schools, we need someone with an education background in this position and we just don’t believe that Betsy Devos is that person,” said Jolene DiBrango, president of the Pittsford district teacher’s association.
Educators insisting that despite what happens at the nation’s capital, they will continue to support quality public education for all New Yorkers.