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Continuing a string of local protests against President Donald Trump's recent actions, about 100 people gathered in front of the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building downtown Monday to speak out against the nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary.

Many in the group said DeVos' lack of public education experience makes her a poor choice to lead the agency that oversees U.S. public education policy.

The event marked at least the third straight day opponents to Trump's actions gathered in Salt Lake City, and they came amid protests around the nation and world.

"This is all about getting and harnessing that energy," said Kellie Henderson, who helped organize the event through the month-old activist group Utah Indivisible.

Monday's was the third event Utah Indivisible organized at the federal building, home to the Utah office of Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee. Hatch has supported DeVos, while Lee hasn't publicly expressed an opinion on the nominee.

Denise Brooks, a former teacher at Brighton and Orem high schools, said she came to oppose DeVos and to urge Republican senators to block her confirmation. All of Trump's other cabinet nominees have been confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate.

"You swing these two Utah votes and it's a tie," Brooks said.

Kathy Williams, of West Jordan, is a former public school aide who came to the protest because of DeVos' past support of private charter schools.

"In her charter schools, grades go down and her billionaire buddies' profits go up," Williams said.