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January 19, 2017

Philly college students plan class walkouts during Trump's inauguration

Inauguration Protests
Stock_Carroll -  Temple University Campus Liacouras Walk Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Students walk along Temple University's Liacouras Walk.

Students at some Philadelphia colleges plan to stage class walkouts during President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration Friday afternoon.

The walkouts are meant to signal protests of Trump's platform. According to Facebook events, Temple University students will walk out at 1 p.m., while students at the Community College of Philadelphia will walk out at 2 p.m. Students from both colleges will march to Thomas Paine Plaza near City Hall for a 3 p.m. rally.

"We must stand together in solidarity against Trump’s attempts to divide us!" reads the event page for the Temple walkout, which is being organized by several on-campus groups.

A separate event is planned at the University of Pennsylvania. According to a press release, the Penn Students for a Democratic Society are behind the planned walkout, which will take place at 3:30 p.m., with students gathering at the heart of campus.

"We call on all students and youth to join us in building people’s power to combat right-wing demagoguery," the release reads.

Similar protests are planned in major cities across the country. Organizers accuse Trump and the Republican Party of bigotry toward Muslims, LGBT people, immigrants and women.