A group of nearly 500 UCSB students plans to collectively walk out of their classes and homes at noon on Jan. 20 to march to Storke Tower in protest of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
The Santa Barbara Student Activist Network is hosting the “National Student Walkout Against Bigotry & Hate,” and it is one of many college campus marches that will occur throughout the nation in one week.
The intent of the walkout is to raise enough attention to relay their strong rejection of “bigotry, hate, and division” to Trump and the entire Republican Party.
Students hope to connect with one another in a time of great uncertainty by standing united in solidarity and by spreading a message of tolerance.
According to the event’s official Facebook page, the purpose of the walkout is to “demand with one united voice” the end of sexism, Islamophobia, police brutality and discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
“No work. No school. No business-as-usual on January 20th,” the page description states.
Participants of the walkout also intend to demand a tax on the wealthy to end student debt and make college tuition free.