The election of Donald Trump as president sent shockwaves around the country, reaching even the conservative stronghold of Colorado Springs. For many, it seemed as if the nation, and indeed the world, had gone completely mad; right was wrong, up was down, and light was dark. Confusion reigned. But in the midst of all this madness, independent progressives in Colorado Springs united to resist the incoming administration and forge a new path into the future.
Rallies, marches, demonstrations, and acts of civil disobedience characterized the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency, resulting in a level of progressive activism and resistance in Colorado Springs not seen since the early 20th Century. Unite Colorado Springs, Showing Up for Racial Justice, the NAACP, the Colorado Springs Council for Justice, Colorado Springs Socialists, the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, and many others all came together to make this happen. This progressive coalition also united to elect the most progressive City Council in our city’s history, proving that they were and are much more than mere demonstrators. Despite being submerged in an ocean of conservatism, thousands of progressives in Colorado Springs came together and fought back against hatred, intolerance, and bigotry. They declared loudly and clearly that they will not go away, they will not tuck tail and run, and they will not back down.
During these first 100 days, employees of the Pikes Peak Library District chronicled these events and created “The First 100 Days, A Photo Exhibit” which will be on display at the East Library beginning on February 1st. Stop by the East Library this February to witness history made!