With President Trump holding a rally in Montoursville to support Republican candidate Fred Keller for Congress, local Progressives are gathering to protest the Trump administration one day before the Primary Election.
Supporters of Marc Friedenberg, the Democratic opponent to Keller in Tuesday's election, begin their official protest at 2 PM today at the 200 block of Jordan Avenue in Montoursville.
Participants include members of HUB for Progress, Indivisble PA and Lycoming County Progressives. "It's a public protest, so anyone is welcome to join," said Rebecca Shaffer, who's involved in planning the rally.
Protesters aren't sure how many to expect today as they prepared to march down Broad Street in Montoursville to their designated protest zone on the 300 block of Jordan Avenue.
"I'm slightly offended by the 'protest zone'," noted protester Allison Duncan Hirsch. "Free speech is restricted to one area and there's no talking between groups," she said, noting the separation.
The theme of the protest is "Rural Uprising," pointing to a rural economy that is not good in central Pennsylvania. Hirsch notes people working more than one job to afford the high cost of property taxes and fuel. "Rural America is suffering," she said.
Talk among the protesters included how the younger generation was getting involved. Issues of gun control and climate change have motivated youth to "rise up," one protester said.
Organizers of the group made fliers for those new to protesting with suggestions on how to keep the demonstration peaceful. "With the political climate, it's harder these days," said Shaffer. "There's so much tension. Our point is to be peaceful and cooperative," she said, and still be seen and heard.