Impeachment Rally at Santa Barbara Courthouse
Protest outside Santa Barbara County Courthouse (Photo: IndivisibleSB)
By edhat staff
Hundreds of residents gathered outside the Santa Barbara County Courthouse on Tuesday evening to support the impeachment of Trump.
The rally was organized by local group Indivisible Santa Barbara asking residents to "Show Up. Speak Up. Stand Up." to show nobody is above the law, according to the group's Facebook Page. It was held the evening before the U.S. House of Representatives votes on Articles of Impeachment where Trump is charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
"This is a momentous time in our country’s history and we are hopeful that nationwide mobilization with other activist groups will show the Senate and the public how much support there is for impeaching and removing Trump. Never in our nation’s history have we dealt with a president so destructive to our democracy," the group stated.
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson was one of the many speakers who supported the impeachment before the group marched down State Street. Protestors held creative signs stating, "The President Totally Sucks" and "Impeach This Lying Conman."
This was just one of the many pro-impeachment rallies held around the country on Tuesday evening. Large rallies popped up in New York City's Times Square; Saint Paul, Minnesota; Doral, Florida; and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Below is an opinion article on the event by Robert Bernstein
Nobody is Above the Law Impeachment Rally
By Robert Bernstein
Over 500 members of the Santa Barbara community rallied and marched Tuesday on the eve of the Impeachment vote in the United States House of Representatives. The theme: "Nobody is Above the Law". Indivisible Santa Barbara organized the event.Here are my videos and photos from this event that began at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.
Donald Trump himself seemed to be in attendance in a clown outfit
Many carried signs expressing their views in support of democracy, the law and accountability.
This person wanted to remind everyone that President Trump has thwarted solutions to the Climate Crisis and that action is urgently needed
Organizer Myra Paige made introductory remarks followed by Pastor David Moore of the New Covenant Worship Center. Here is my video of their comments:
Congressional Representative Salud Carbajal could not attend the rally because he was in Washington, DC for the impeachment debate and vote. His representative spoke in his place, explaining why Representative Carbajal believes President Trump needs to be held accountable for his many offenses
Supervisor Das Williams expressed the pain that President Trump has caused to so many in our community and around the world:
Andrew Bermant, a local developer who prides himself on sustainable, walkable communities, gave an impassioned speech enumerating some of President Trump's impeachable offenses:
Mr Bermant went on to sing a special carol for the occasion along with Myra Paige: "We Wish You A Good Impeachment"
And Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson was on hand to give another impassioned speech explaining why it is so important to impeach and remove President Trump:
At the conclusion of the speeches, most of the participants marched up State Street in a lively manner, led by a drum ensemble:
For more information about Indivisible Santa Barbara, you can visit their Facebook page or their website.