As a result of #Election2016 protests have erupted all over the U.S. Nevada, alongside California, Oregon, and Washington, lit up the west coast in a sea of blue. This, amid the country’s red results Tuesday night, November 8th, 2016. It’s no wonder, with the extreme hate rhetoric Trump campaigned on, that Democratic states would turn up to protest and contest the results.
It’s not clear which city began first, but NYC and Chicago were among the first to unite. Tweets came flooding social media uniting crowds and organizing groups. Facebook lit up with similar messages.
— LAist (@LAist) November 12, 2016
It was only a matter of time for the west coast to join in on the fun. But, will it come with its own set of ramifications? Perhaps.
The Las Vegas, Rock ‘N’ Roll 5K, 10k, and half-marathon take place tomorrow, Sunday, November 12th, 2016. A view of Google Maps will show us the ending point of the 10K marathon sandwiches itself between The Venetian hotel and Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The problem with this location ending is simply anti-Trump protesters have organized meeting places at The LINQ, located next to Harrah’s. A map of the event’s path can be found here.
Thus far the majority of protests have been peaceful, with signs of “Love Trumps Hate.” One protest in Portland, Oregon, however, did turn violent with police calling it a riot situation. Other protests have gathered in groups attempting to provide solidarity and safe spaces for the individuals feeling oppressed by the 2016 Presidential Election outcome.
What type of numbers can be expected to turn out for the Las Vegas anti-Trump protest?
Protester, Alicia Scott, told News 3 Las Vegas, she expects 2,000-3,000 people in attendance of the event. The peaceful anti-Trump march will begin on the streets in front of the LINQ Hotel and Casino, and end at the Trump Hotel and Casino.
The focus of the protesters: A demand to be placed on the Electoral College to honor the results of the popular vote December 19th, when they go to cast their ballots. This would change the results of the election to a vote for Democratic Nominee, Senator Hillary Clinton.
The Las Vegas Rock ‘N’ Roll marathon is sure to be a spectacular event. Some 10 or 11 running couples have planned what is known as a “Run-Thru” wedding according to ReviewJournal.com.
Other highlights happening at the Elvis-costume-themed music marathon, Michael Kutcher will be running for his business and philanthropic endeavors. Michael Kutcher is the twin brother of known celebrity, Ashton Kutcher. Reports have said Ashton and wife, Mila Kunis, might be in attendance as well.
Michael’s story is a unique one. The 38-year-old was born with cerebral palsy and only given a one-month life expectancy. However, that didn’t stop the boy, now man. One heart transplant done, Kutcher is now an Assistant Vice President of the company Transamerica. He’s also a runner.
For every person passed, Transamerica will match with a contribution. Kutcher will begin in last place and try to run past as many of the 26,000 runners running in tomorrow’s event.
The marathon will begin Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 3pm PCT. The admission to run is free and open to the public. Ozomatli headlined for participants Friday night. Their sound is a blend of LA culture, Hip-hop, Latin, and urban. This event wouldn’t be the same without legendary rocker Kid Rock. But, the planners end the weekend well with class act artist, Snoop Dogg. Just in time when Nevada passed #LegalizeIt legislation.