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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A grassroots group used President’s Day to express their displeasure with Donald Trump by holding a “Not My President’s Day” demonstration.
“The Labor Community Roundtable/United Front Against Trump” staged a peaceful rally at the Torch of Friendship on Biscayne Boulevard. About two dozen people took part.
“I’m upset, we almost give them too much credit, I am very concerned and I would like to see a return to rational reasonable policies based on fact, facts that are not up for debate,” said Chris Webber.
“There is hatred among different races, separation of races, it needs to stop, we need to find a common good and work together to preserve the United States,” said June Martinez.
Peter Bronson was in South Florida on vacation from New York. He drove down from Deerfield Beach to voice his concerns over the Trump administration.
“I don’t want to see the country sold to the highest bidder. I want to see a system, something like a change in the system that Martin Luther King talked about, that we change the country, the system, that people are treated fairly no matter what station is in life,” said Bronson.
Organizers said the rally was to protest of what they call the “Un-American policies of the current White House.”
They point out that Trump has attacked the country’s Muslim communities and instituted an Islamophobic religious ban. They add he’s also trying to follow up on his campaign promise to build a wall along the Mexican border, a wall that no one wants, and using tax money to pay for it.
They’re also not happy that he threatened to cut federal funding to the state in an attempt “to turn us against our immigrant population, funneling money away from important public institutions.”
Other issues they have with the administration is the approval a pipeline that threatens to destroy sacred lands, their lack of taking climate change seriously and their opposition to a woman’s right to choose.
“I’m here because I’m a little disgruntled at some, if not all, of the policies that the president has initiated with executive orders,” said Sandra Bernhard, “The Muslim ban, that affected us personally, that was the last straw for me.”
The group posted on their Facebook page that Trump, “,,, does not represent our interests. He was voted in by a minority of the American public but governs as if there’s no resistance.”
To that end, they say they’re exercising their “constitutional right to assemble and peacefully protest everything Donald Trump stands for.”
Additional “Not My President’s Day” rallies were also held in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.
It seems the largest crowd was in LA as over a thousand people reportedly attended. Hundreds more were spotted in Washington D.C.