We reported earlier about the Donald Trump Long Island Rally and also the planned protests against the speech. Just in from ValueWalk’s inbox, the people behind the protest explain why they are going after Trump and what in particular they find offensive. It is unclear however what their goal is. Let us hope there is no violence from either side.
Donald Trump Long Island Rally
STATEMENTS: from Local Organizers Planning to Protest Tonight’s Long Island Trump Campaign Rally
Bethpage, NY — Local grassroots organizations and concerned Long Islanders are expected to converge at 4:30pm this afternoon outside Donald Trump’s Campaign Rally at Grumman Studios to embrace and empower groups that Donald Trump aims to tear down, like women, Muslims and immigrants. Protesters aim to send a message that Trump’s hatred, sexism, and xenophobia is not welcome on Long Island:
“Long Islanders vociferously reject Trump’s politics of exclusion. On Long Island we welcome initiatives that moves us forward together while upholding our nation’s values,” stated Luis Valenzuela Executive Director of the Long Island Immigrant Alliance.
“Let’s be clear: Trump is dangerous, inciting violence at his rallies and using ugly rhetoric targeting women and people of color in his speeches. And if elected, he would be an absolute disaster for women’s health and rights,” said JoAnn D. Smith, President & CEO of the Planned Parenthood of Nassau County Action Fund.
“Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric is not only violation of US Law & Universal Charter of Human Rights, it’s absolutely un-American as well. It’s destroying our image in the world as a nation,” stated Malik N. Abid, Ambassador International Human Rights Commission New York.
“Trump has treated large swaths of the American people with disrespect and contempt. He’s made outrageous comments about immigrants, Muslims, and women. And he wants to further the economic divide, not create more opportunities for working Americans. This is why we are protesting his rally. We want to make sure the world knows Trump does not speak for us,” said Lisa Tyson, Director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition.
Abrupt Notification Forces The Safe Center LI to Cancel Appointments, Services for Victims of Sexual Violence
Bethpage, NY — The Safe Center LI was forced to close its doors this afternoon after a mid-day notification that the Grumman Road W. and adjacent properties will be shut down in preparation for a Donald Trump campaign rally scheduled for 7pm at the nearby Grumman Studios in Bethpage, NY. The center, which services over a thousand Long Island residents each year was not provided advance notification and as a result was forced to cancel its afternoon appointments. The center posted a notification to its followers on facebook at approximately noon today. On any given day the center services as many as two dozen victims of sexual violence and abuse.
A screencapture of the center’s posting is attached below: