PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — “Not My President” protests largely fueled by fear and frustration concerning Donald Trump’s election continued across the U.S. Thursday.
While many of the protests began peacefully, not all of them ended that way. Even here in Portland, protesters destroyed property and disrupted traffic on I-5.
But for those opposed to a Trump presidency who wish to demonstrate in less obstructive ways, KOIN 6 News learned there are local organizations in need of help.
Employees at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette say they’re getting inundated with calls from people who want to make donations, help with fundraising or lobbying efforts.
They’re also hearing from many women who are trying to get services quickly because they fear Planned Parenthood could lose its government funding.
“They’re calling to get annual exams, pap smears, breast exams, implants, IUDs covered under Medicaid plans,” PPCW COO Adrienne Quintana said. “[They’re] worried after January they won’t have access to these lifesaving medical services.”
The American Civil Liberties Union is also fielding calls from people against a Trump presidency who are worried about whether undocumented immigrants will be forced out of the country and if freedom of speech could be limited.
ACLU representatives are encouraging people to become members in order to get involved in fighting such issues, and they added that they can always use donations.