From the Metro-Desk of Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's Black digital news leader, the online news venue that has interviewed now president Barack Obama one-on-one.
CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- CLEVELAND, Ohio- Some 700 people rallied Friday evening on Public Square in downtown Cleveland against President-elect Donald Trump (pictured).
All of the local mainstream media were as were some national media and local and other alternative news outlets.
The issues of public concere ranged from minority and women's rights to envornmental matters, immigration and the LGBT community.
The event began with speeches by various people, including key organizer Marty Krebs, Cleveland activist Khalid Samad of the anti-crime group Peace in the Hood, and Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, a former biology teacher and blogger who leads the women's rights group the Imperial Women Coalition.
Krebs said that his objective was to establish a culture of activism and protests and that more protests are forthcoming.
Samad addressed Trump's anti-Muslim stance and Coleman took on the president elect's all White male proposed cabinet to date, calling it a "lily White selection process."
All three, Krebs, Samad and Coleman, among a few others, led the protesters in chants.
Coleman said that the pendulum has swung,
Blacks are being taken back to the 1960s as to Civil Rights gains, and women, she said, are also at risk under a Trump administration.
Protesters, in turn, chanted, "we're not going back, we're not going back."
"We want minorities, including Blacks, and women on Mr. Trump's transition team and in his cabinet," Coleman said to a wealth of applause.
The multicultural groups of anti-Trump protesters from across Northeast Ohio and elsewhere that gathered in Cleveland Friday night then marched to Cleveland State University and returned to Public Square for more speeches.
They were energetic and spoke chants such as 'dump Trump,' 'Black Lives Matter,' and 'No Justice. No Peace."
The protesters told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, that they are upset over Trump's insensitive pre-election rhetoric and his transition team and cabinet member nominations such as attorney general, senior counsel and chief strategist, and CIA director.
To date the one's in question are all White men with a history of conservatism and hostility toward civil and human rights, their critics say.
At least one, Stephen K. Bannon, whom Trump chose as his senior counsel and chief legal strategist, has been opposed by some 160 members of Congress and branded a White nationalist by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and 11th Congressional District Congresswomen Marcia L, Fudge.
Fudge's largely Black congressional district includes the east side of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs.
Also at issue for Fudge, Pelosi, a host of other congressional democrats, and Black leaders, among others, is Trump's selection of Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions as the attorney general nominee, given Sessions' record against Civil Rights.
The Cleveland protest follows ongoing protests in major cities across America since Trump's election on Nov 8, including Oakland, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and New York City.
Then the Republican nominee, Trump beat Democratic nominee and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton to take the Electoral College and the presidency, though Clinton did win the popular vote.
President Barack Obama had branded Trump unfit to be president and said during a post-election press conference on Monday that he has reservations about a Trump presidency.