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Parents brought kids to emotional post-election vigil in Seattle

Nov 14, 2016

People letting out raw emotion and looking for community. A new generation of Americans getting a crash course in politics.

Hundreds gathered Sunday evening at Seattle's Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill to voice support for American democracy and opposition to President-elect Donald Trump.

Judith Gille and her daughter Hannah Atlas hugged as the crowd sang the late Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."

"We're a mixed-race family, and it's a scary time," Gille said. "And we have to hang in with our community."

Savannah Blackwell from Seattle agreed.

"I believe that everyone should be equal and should have equal opportunity and should live freely," she said. "And it is terrible that someone that goes against those things is the leader of our country.

Still, she said, "I think it's really cool that everybody came out."

Sereatha and daughter Savannah Blackwell at the rally in Cal Anderson Park on Sunday.
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Brian Wahlberg gives daughter Luciena a good view of the proceedings as the crowd sings at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle.
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Brian Wahlberg and Angela Tessier were there with daughter Luciena and son Mathias.

"We want a loving place for a daughter and our son when they grow up," Wahlberg said. "We want to take more control over where our country is going."

Elsa and Linnea, twin daughters of Tiffany Biljum and Ron van de Crommert, at the rally in Seattle.
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Tiffany Biljum and Ron van de Crommert brought their twin daughters, Elsa and Linnea.

"I wanted them to see that this week is more than just sadness," Biljum said. "That we can come together and let our voices be heard."

On her scarf she wore a safety pin -- a symbol of resistance that arose in the Netherlands during World War II, she said. Her husband is a Dutch native.

About 5 p.m. the crowd headed downtown from Capitol Hill, and eventually made its way to City Hall. At one point, protesters thanked police officers for supporting them.

An officer said there were no arrests. "Great march," he said.

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This story was first published on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.