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    Hundreds of members of dozens of activist groups shut down traffic in the heart of Los Angeles to protest tomorrow's expected confirmation of Donald Trump as president of the US.

    Two simultaneous marches — the March Against Trump and the Rally and March for California, Fearless and United — began in Pershing Square at about noon and marched to a rally at a city park. The marches and rallies were to last until at least 4 p.m., My News LA reported. Buses brought demonstrators, many from a host of activist groups and local unions, to take part in the event.

    On December 19, the 538 electors of the Electoral College will officially confirm Trump as president — or will not, if the variety of petitions, lawsuits and faithless elector or Hamilton elector movements have their way. Opponents of the surprise election winner have been working to convince electors that it is their moral obligation to choose another Republican candidate and courts that it would be a legal act.

    Many joined the marches specifically to bring visibility to immigrant rights. The Rally and March Facebook event said "December 18 is designated by the UN as International Migrants Day. This year, immigrants stand shoulder to shoulder with working people from all communities to defend social justice, racial justice, labor rights, environmental justice and governance that reflects our diversity."

    Trump campaigned on promises to strictly curb immigration, deport undocumented immigrants and, famously, "build a wall."

    California state Senate leader Kevin de León, a Trump critic, said his state would protect immigrants and be a "beacon of hope for the rest of America," the LA Times reported.

    David Huerta, president of the Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West, said, "Today is about protecting our communities, especially our immigrant community."

    Other faith leaders taking part in the march echoed promises of inclusion and protection.

    A candlelight vigil in front of LA's City Hall is planned for 6 p.m. to encourage electors to vote their consciences tomorrow, according to the LA Times.


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