By that afternoon, the
And those dollars kept coming, topping more than
"The response has been overwhelming, just the number of people who have called or emailed to say, 'I want to volunteer,'" said
"In recent memory, the only comparable time would be the in days after 9/11, when there were tremendous concerns that the government, in the name of national security, would attack civil liberties," Meno said.
"Now we're seeing a huge amount of interest for the
Donations to the national
There also has been an increase of support on social media, Meno said. In the first 10 days after the election, the state organization's Facebook page recorded more than 1,000 new followers.
"We've heard from people across the state who not only want to join the
The response has been similar for the
A little more than 20 percent of those donations were made in the name of Vice President-elect
He will, according to protocol, receive a thank-you note for each of those donations.
"We have also had a pretty huge uptick in people reaching out to volunteer," Eldred said. "People have been calling, emailing and contacting us on Facebook and Twitter to ask about volunteer opportunities. Our organizers in
Among other local entities, those effects have been negligible.
Leaders of other local advocacy groups say their members are concerned, but they haven't received phone calls or requests for help.
"This may fire us up again. After having some success with marriage equality, we've kind of relaxed a little bit," Stroupe said. "There's some opportunity for us to work together with other groups, but the big thing right now is that we need to stand with our transgender people and other minority populations."
And although hate crimes have increased nationally since Trump's victory -- the
But the divisive nature of the prolonged campaign and the rhetoric of Trump's promises have affected the community in other ways.
Beginning this fall, some students at
"If you're an immigrant student and somebody's talking about building the wall or sending all the immigrants back, those comments and others are pretty charged," said
The school system sent guidance to its principals, Carr said, and conducted refresher training about hate speech and hate crimes. It's part of the schools' overall anti-bullying strategy, which has been in place for several years but has become newly important in recent months.
"We've been sort of addressing just the tenor and tone of not just the campaign, but the climate in the country. It's been divisive for a while," Carr said. "Post-election, it certainly felt like it was important to reinforce what we'd already been talking about throughout the fall."
It has not happened at every school, Carr said, though there have been incidents with students of all ages, from elementary school through high school.
In one school, students said they were afraid that their foreign-born teachers would be deported. In a kindergarten class, a student expressed delight that African Americans and Hispanics could be sent out of the country.
"This is a young child who doesn't know what he or she is saying, but obviously, it's a concern," Carr said. "And so we address it. You have to say, 'That kind of comment is inappropriate at school, that's not what we're going to have at school because that hurts other people's feelings, and isn't what we are about at school.'"
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