Indivisible Greene County has scheduled three activities Thursday to protest the partial shutdown of the federal government.
A news release says the protest is spurred by the President Donald Trump’s demand for funding for a wall at the U.S/Mexico border.
The group plans to visit U.S. Rep. Phil Roe’s office in Morristown at 2 p.m. to present its positions about the wall and request that Tennessee’s representatives send a budget bill to the president that does not include an allocation of taxpayer funds for the border wall.
A rally at the Greene County Courthouse is planned for 6 p.m. Afterward, the group will have a dinner to support an unnamed local Mexican restaurant, a news release says.
The events are part of the Indivisible movement’s National Day of Action. Originally, the groups planned to ask members of Congress to vote for a progressive, comprehensive democracy bill. However, efforts were shifted following the government shutdown.
“This protest is as much about democracy as it is about immigration,” said Art Gillen of Indivisible Greene County. “That’s why on Jan. 3, the first item of business in Congress must be to re-open our government by passing a clean funding bill that rejects President Trump’s inhumane anti-immigrant agenda. We also need to get the hundreds of thousands of workers back doing their jobs.”