The election may have come (brought the country to its knees,) and gone, but Americans are not done asserting their democratic rights. In the most elemental show of democracy, people across the country are protesting the looming nightmare of Donald Trump's impending presidency.

It's an overwhelming show of love and political activism. New Yorkers gather at the gates of Trump Tower with their rallying cry of Love Trumps Hate, as protestors in Oakland hold hands and form a human chain around Lake Merritt. LA, Portland, Seattle, and Kansas City came out to support women and minorities whom the dreaded president-elect has repeatedly refused to protect.

And this big democratic love isn't limited to American soil – Trump protestors assembled in solidarity in Toronto, and even Berlin – heart-shaped signs of UnTrump The World were everywhere.

This movement is global. And, in the end, this is the essence of democracy – people protecting the unprotected, people powerfully asserting who they want and do not want representing them in government.

Check out the scenes from real democracy below.

NYC


LA

OAKLAND

KANSAS CITY

PORTLAND

SEATTLE


CHICAGO

BONUS: BERLIN

BONUS: TORONTO

Not our president.

Header photo via Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com

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