The world is still reeling from Donald Trump’s shock victory over Hillary Clinton in the US elections earlier this week.
With “The Donald” set to become the 45th President of the United States, people – understandably – have a lot of things to get off their chests.
And what better way to say how you really feel than with a bright post-it note stuck to the wall of a subway in New York?
That was the thinking behind Matthew “Levee” Chavez’s idea to take a stack of blank post-it notes and pens down to one of New York’s subway stations yesterday morning.
The artist, who regularly doles out free advice to strangers at his underground “Subway Therapy” stand, knew the election results would have left people with a lot of things to say.
And he was right: over the course of a day, over 1,500 people gathered together to write messages of hope and support to their fellow Americans on the subway tiles.
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The messages ranged from rallying calls for women not to give up the fight for equality, to messages of love and support for minorities fearing the worst from a Trump leadership.
“Still nasty”, read one message circled with hearts, while another said simply, “The future is still female”.
Leaving a protest on Wednesday night, exhausted and with a headache that hasn't completely gone away since Tuesday, I stumbled upon this wall of post-it notes in Union Square, where New Yorkers grieved, raged, and loved in pastel colors on the subway wall. The crowd that gathered stood quietly reading them one by one or scribbling their own. I added mine: "You matter. I love you. I am with you." I am and you do. I will do better. We will do better. #election #subwaytherapy #nyc
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“Your hijab is beautiful,” read another, while a series along one wall proclaimed love for Latina America, Immigrant America, Queer America, Black America and Muslim America.
And, of course, the message that Lady Gaga has been wearing emblazoned on her clothes was evident among the post-it notes: “Love Trumps hate”.
Speaking to ABC News, Chavez described the day as “really beautiful”.
He also explained how he decided to turn his usual Subway Therapy session into an election special, to allow people to vent their frustrations and join together in unity.
"Today is kind of a special edition because of the frustrations and stress it seems like people will have,” he said. “So I brought the Post-Its and I thought it'd be interesting to see everyone's thoughts up on the wall.”
You can see more images below and by following the hashtag #SubwayTherapy on Instagram.
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"I love you if you are Muslim. I love you if you are black. I love you if you are Hispanic. I love you if you are disabled. I love you if you are a victim of sexual assault. I love you if you are poor. I love you no matter what and will fight for you no matter what. And if he builds a wall, I will raise my children to tear it down." ~We're building our own kind of walls here in New York City~ #subwaytherapy #lovewillalwaystrumphate #notmypresident #strongertogether
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