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WNYC to Washington, D.C. — 'Look It's Not the End of the World'

Thousands of people in Philadelphia rallied on the recent Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, to speak out against 'right wing extremism' of incoming Trump administration — outside oldest A.M.E. church in the nation

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Credit: Arun Venugopal / WNYC
Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler outside his church, Mother Bethel A.M.E.

It's day two of WNYC's road trip to D.C. On their journey from Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan to the White House, reporters Matt Katz and Arun Venugopal are getting people along the way to share their thoughts about Friday’s presidential inauguration. Day one on the road led them to Paterson, New Jersey, where they spent time with residents in one of the country's largest Muslim and Arab communities.  

Next stop: the City of Brotherly Love. They decided to go to the neighborhood where thousands of people marched and rallied on the recent Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, to speak out against what organizers called the “right wing extremism” of the incoming Trump administration. This all happened outside of Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest A.M.E. church in the nation. Arun visited the church and talked to the pastor.

“Look it’s not the end of the world. It’s a democracy,” said the Rev. Mark Kelly. His message for people in his community who are still upset about Donald Trump's election: “So if you don’t get what you want in an election, you fight until you get it.”

While Arun was at the church, Matt was visiting Warminster Township, a middle class, mostly white suburb that went for Donald Trump by a small margin of 484 votes. Hillary Clinton didn’t win enough votes among white women in swing suburban areas of Pennsylvania like this one to counter big losses in the state’s rust belt.

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Credit: Matt Katz / WNYC
A news clipping on the wall of the Planned Parenthood facility in Warminster, PA, tells of the group's pre-Roe v. Wade activism and medical care.

At a Planned Parenthood there, Matt sought to find out what people think is at stake for women's health under a Donald Trump presidency.

He spoke to Shay. She didn't want to share her last name but told Matt that she’s relied on Planned Parenthood for annual exams since she was 15. At 26, a Pap test found cancer cells in her cervix. Ten years later, she’s cancer-free and has a two-year-old boy thanks to treatment through the clinic.  

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Shay, a pregnant Pennsylvania mother who protested against Donald Trump, is thankful that a Planned Parenthood nurse practitioner discovered cancer on her cervix before it was too late

“Everybody is always so focused on the abortion aspect,” Shay said. “They don’t think that Planned Parenthood gives people their lives back.”

Day three preview: Arun and Matt head to Maryland, where they’ll visit a county with some of the biggest spikes in hate crimes. They'll also spend time in a community that was, until just recently, home to a Russian compound shut down by the Obama Administration.

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