“Resist Trump Tuesday” Rallies Across County Draw More than 700 Protesters
By Indivisible San Diego Media Team*
Indivisible San Diego rallied with the ACLU Tuesday, Feb. 14th outside City Hall to call on the San Diego City Council to get off the sidelines and join the lawsuit against the Trump Muslim ban. And then they did.
The Council voted 8-1 to authorize City Attorney Mara Elliott to file an amicus brief on behalf of the City of San Diego to join the lawsuit initiated by Washington State against the ban. Indivisible applauds this historic vote.
This was the first time on “Resist Trump Tuesday”, that Indivisible San Diego had targeted city officials to demand leadership in opposition to Trump’s policies.
In addition to the downtown rally, there were rallies at the offices of U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, and Representatives Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter.
Indivisible organizer, Kathy Stadler stated:
“Our focus is on flipping Congress in 2018, but Mayor Faulconer, the City Council and the County Board of Supervisors will hear from us, too.
We need all our elected officials not only to resist the Trump attacks on immigrants and refugees, but to stand up and lead in this fight for our common values.”
More than 700 citizens protested with Indivisible Tuesday, from San Diego to El Cajon to Temecula to Vista.
Downtown San Diego
More than 200 citizens rallied outside City Hall before the Council vote. Plus more than 100 people demonstrated outside the offices of Senators Feinstein and Harris, with several sharing personal stories of the impact of immigration laws on themselves and their families.
The crowd outside Rep. Issa’s office doubled in size from last week, to 275 protesters. Buoyed by a full-page ad in Tuesday’s SD Union Tribune inviting Issa to an Emergency Town Hall on January 21, the boisterous crowd demanded to know whether Issa would attend the town hall or continue to hide from his constituents. Issa’s District Director, Bill Christiansen, claimed he did not know the Congressman’s schedule during District Week, which starts this Friday.
Eighty citizens rallied at Rep. Hunter’s El Cajon office and demanded details on the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act, which Hunter wants to repeal. Protesters’ signs said “Do Your Job, Hold A Town Hall”, “Country Before Party” and “Duncan is Flunkin”.
Hunter’s Deputy Director Michael Harrison met with a small group of constituents, who expressed alarm that the Republicans have no credible plan to continue insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. They also pressed Harrison for a commitment by Hunter to attend an in-person town hall during District Week. He would not commit. Hunter is under investigation for rampant misuse of campaign funds.
More than sixty people marched on Hunter’s Temecula office and rallied in City Hall Square, demanding a meeting with Hunter to hear their concerns about repealing the ACA, banning Muslims and other draconian policies proposed by Trump. Signs said “Immigrants Make America Great” and “Don’t Take My Health Care”. Protesters delivered more than 50 valentines with lollipops to Rep. Hunter, with notes requesting he meet with voters.
* with editing for clarification from OB Rag.