Protesters storm town halls, march on Wall Street and call for national strike Feb. 17
By May Strong
February 11, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - It’s been a rough week for some Republican Congressional members backing the Trump agenda, as well as for a cabinet appointee. They’ve been dogged by vocal protests at airports, town hall meetings, schools and even their own homes. Meanwhile a national strike is being organized on February 17 for all who seek to resist Trump.
After Senate leader Mitch McConnell cut off Senator Elizabeth Warren’s testimony against the nomination of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General and refused to allow her to lead a letter from Martin Luther King’s widow Coretta Scott King, he fled protesters at an airport tarmac in his home state of Kentucky. A large crowd of protesters later showed up outside McConnell’s home, where they read the letter: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/319071-protesters-read-coretta-scott-king-letter-outside-mcconnells.
At a town hall at his hometown in Salt Lake City, Utah, Congressman Jeff Chaffetz was met by a crowd of 1,000 people, many booing and shouting “Do your job.” The crowd voiced anger over his positions on issues ranging from his controversial bill to sell off public lands to his refusal to investigation President Donald Trump’s business conflicts of interest as Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, NPR reported. View video.
In California, police had to escort Republican Congressman Tom McClintock out of a town hall in Roseville. Put on the defense over his support of Trump’s travel ban on immigrants from Muslim nations and his backing Obamacare repeal, McClintock faced hundreds of irate constituents chanting “Vote him out,” Roll Call reports.
In Washington, protesters temporarily blocked newly confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos from entering a public school. “Keep giving money to senators and buying your way to the position,” one man holding a Black Lives Matter sign says to her, according to a video from ABC reporter Sam Sweeney. “I hope you’re proud of yourself." “Go back,” the protestor yells and she enters the car. “Shame! Shame! Shame!” View video at The Hill.
In Tennessee, Republican Congresswoman Diane Black faced a hostile audience that cheered when a teacher stood up to ask that Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, be fixed instead of repealed. View video.
In New York, hundreds protested in a march outside Goldman Sachs’ headquarters to oppose Wall Street’s involvement in Trump’s administration and influence in rolling back reforms that protected consumers from predatory lending practices. View video at CNBC.
"The logic of the general strike is simple," the event's page states. “Through cooperative action, each and every one of us refuses to comply with whatever orders the economic establishment has given to us. We walk out of our homes, our places of work, and our schools, and we join our fellow citizens in the streets and online in a peaceful display of resistance and solidarity. We refuse to shop or otherwise participate in the rigged economy that Trump presides over and is beholden to. In this way, we defy the establishment and create an opening for reconstitution."
Teachers are encouraged to stay on the job, however, and participate in a national teach-in on democracy to educate students.