Hispanic students, artists join Trump protesters downtown West Palm


About 100 people from around South Florida gathered at the entrance of Trump Plaza on Flagler Drive on Saturday to voice their thoughts on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), civil rights, police brutality and the lack of aid for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, among other issues.

Everyone had their own reasons for showing up on a wet, windy night and marching through downtown.  For Alessandra Mondolfi, it was her experiences in Venezuela where she witnessed attacks on democracy and people’s values. She lived there for 10 years.

“I went through this before in Venezuela,” she said. “Everyone took Hugo Chávez as a joke and didn’t think he would win. Now the country is destroyed.”

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Mondolfi feels the comparisons between Trump and Chávez are staggering and believes things are harder to fix once the damage is done. That’s why she attends protests.

She drove from Miami with more than a dozen props, and though she said she’s not fond of name-calling, some of her signs included “tyrant,” “deranged” and “homophobe.”

As an artist, Mondolfi believes in the power of visuals and their role during a resistance, so she makes props for protests that are eye-catching and can be easily shared on social media. 

“Trump is dividing people, advocating violence and creating a state of fear,” she said.

Mondolfi believes protesting works and feels this generation is stepping up.

One of those is Michelle Díaz, a student from Colombia living in Greenacres and attending Palm Beach State College. Díaz is a “dreamer” and came to the march in support of DACA.

“The future is here and it’s speaking up right now,” Díaz said.

She hopes for a “good, clean immigration reform for DACA” and her love and faith in this country is what keeps her going.

“DACA has impacted me so much because it’s given me a second chance to live in the United States,” Diaz said. “I hope to God to stay here and continue living that dream.”

Carla Trivino is a Mundo Hispánico reporter working out of The Palm Beach Post. For the latest news from Mundo Hispánico click here and to see what’s going on in the county follow me on Twitter and Instagram.


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