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They sat at tables, laid on the floor and lined the walls at Johnson C Smith University’s Grimes Lounge. They were Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, young and old, pierced, tattooed, gender neutral, men and women and every other representation of Charlotte’s varied population.

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All were anxious to share their fears and action plans after President-elect Donald Trump’s surprise victor over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the Charlotte Uprising post-election forum. About 200 people filled the upstairs room sharing their thoughts on what’s next for an America lead by Trump.

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In small group breakouts, participants expressed their fears, but many shared their hopes for action. Suggestions included strategically boycotting corporations, dismantling prisons and engaging more white allies. Charlotte Uprising disseminated a calendar of upcoming community events, their demands and a list of grassroots community organizations.

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