So, where can I get paid? Where are those millionaire benefactors who are paying other protesters? Because I have put in countless hours making phone calls, writing emails, marching, blogging, rallying and organizing. I am, in fact, losing money by protesting as it takes away from my freelance work. I’d like to find out how I can get paid, so I can let all the other people who are protesting for free know how they can get paid as well.
On Tuesday, Jan. 31, I took part in two rallies outside of Sen. Marco Rubio’s office in Jacksonville, Florida. They were organized by MoveOn.org and Indivisible, and attendees represented a broad range of ages, from a young boy to senior citizens. The protestors came from all over Northeast Florida, and we numbered about 50.
We were given comment forms to fill out, which we took and filed with Sen. Rubio’s office in groups of four at a time. We spoke with the receptionist/aide, dropped off our comments, then left and continued our rally outside.
While in line, I listened to people pouring out their hearts about dire health issues like breast cancer and leukemia, about the environment and immigration. I cried when I spoke about my father being an immigrant and how voting to confirm Jeff Sessions would be a signal to people of color that the government did not care about white supremacy.
Outside we chanted, talked, bonded with the local police department who checked in on us to be sure we were not being harassed (thank you, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office!), and felt that, if nothing else, we had done our civic duty and exercised our right to freedom of speech.
Therefore, I was truly shocked to see Sen. Rubio’s response to our heartfelt comments:
“The leftwing extremists at MoveOn.Org and their paid protesters are entitled to express their opinions, and like all presidents, Trump is entitled to nominate his cabinet." (“Momentum Grows for Locals Opposed to Trump’s … More