Published : Monday, February 18, 2019 | 5:39 AM
Protesters responding to a call by California Congresswoman Maxine Waters for Presidents Day demonstrations plan to rally today on the steps of Pasadena City Hall at noon to show their opposition to what Waters characterized as President Donald Trump’s ‘fake emergency powers.’
Trump on Friday declared a national emergency along the southern border of the United States in order to secure funding for his long-promised wall.
Waters told the country Friday that Americans should rally to send a message to Washington, D.C.: ‘No, Mr. President, we’re not going allow you to do this,’
“We are coming together to defend our democracy and immigrant, Muslim, and Black and brown communities from Trump’s dangerous national emergency power grab,” wrote local activist Jennipha-Lauren Nielsen, who is an organizer of today’s rally. “Donald Trump is creating a fake crisis.”
California Assemblymember Chris Holden is scheduled to speak at the rally.
Board Members of Pasadenans Organizing for Progress, known as POP!, will also join the rally.
Peter and other POP! Board members.
Rally organizers dispute the existence of a national immigration crisis, saying rather that “the only crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border is the one caused by the Trump administration’s cruel policies toward families and children seeking asylum.”
“He’s trying to take $8 billion from programs that actually need it, programs that could actually make a positive difference for national security and our immigration system among other things, to build a wall that which the majority of Americans don’t want, and which won’t actually fix the problems he’s worried about,” organizers said.
The rally planners also told the public that should they attend the event they must agree “to only engage in nonviolent, peaceful action, to act lawfully, and to strive to de-escalate any potential confrontations with those who may disagree with our values.”
As of Sunday night, Nielsen said 67 people had said they plan to attend the Pasadena rally.
For more visit https://act.moveon.org/event/crisis-response-events/16139.