Sequim residents join national border wall protest

Sequim residents join national border wall protest

More than 100 Sequim residents rallied against President Donald Trump’s Feb. 15 decision to declare a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border that would give the president more funding than Congress allotted to fund a wall at the site.

Congress granted president Trump $1.375 billion for new border barriers, The New York Times reported, legislation the president signed to avoid another government shutdown. However, on Feb. 15 Trump declared a state of national emergency claiming he would access additional money from the Treasury Department and the Department of Defense.

A national protest hosted by MoveOn was held on President’s Day, Feb. 18, with members of Indivisible Sequim joining the opportunity to speak out against the president’s recent declaration by gathering at all four corners of the intersection at Sequim Avenue and Washington Street.

Gatherings also were held in Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Forks.

Joan Cotta, co-chair of Indivisible Sequim, said she and others organized the rally because they believe the president’s declaration is an abuse of power.

“We’re here so people can speak for what they believe in,” Cotta said.

Cotta and others created Indivisible Sequim in January of 2017 after Trump was elected president.

Many individuals held hand-written signs and waved as some cars honked in support of those rallying downtown.

“I’m tired of Trump thinking he’s above the law,” Sequim resident Joy Beaver said.

“I believe in a balance of power,” Sally Franz said. “This is not what a true democracy looks like.”

Out of the many rallying against Trump’s declaration, Troy Tenneson stood with his sign that read “Trump 2020” in support of the president.

Tenneson said he was born and raised in Sequim and works in public service and said he felt the need to stand up for what he believes in, too.

“As far as the national emergency, I support that decision,” he said.

The protest remained peaceful during the rally with a few drivers that shouted in support of the president as he or she drove by.

Sequim residents join national border wall protest
Sequim residents join national border wall protest
Sequim residents join national border wall protest
Sequim residents join national border wall protest

More in News

Hospital workers getting vaccines

More than 300 health care workers at the North Olympic Peninsula’s three… Continue reading

OMC switches to Front Street clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations, testing

Olympic Medical Center will open the OMC Front Street Clinic in Port… Continue reading

Health board dismisses complaint against Berry

State body says health officers have broad powers

One long-term-care facility outbreak over

Moderna booster shots on the way

Connie Gallant, recipient of the 2021 Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award, is pictured with her late husband JD Gallant in 2019. photo courtesy Connie Gallant
Port Townsend Marine Science Center presents Stopps award

Recipient Connie Gallant: ‘You have to be hopeful’

Long-term-care facility COVID outbreaks apparently decreasing

The largest COVID-19 outbreak in a long-term-care facility on the North Olympic… Continue reading

Complaint filed against Clallam, Jefferson health officer

The state Board of Health will discuss today (Wednesday, Oct. 13) a… Continue reading

Clallam adds 7 new COVID cases

Seven new COVID-19 cases were reported on the North Olympic Peninsula on… Continue reading

Fire burns Agnew garage, shed; none injured

A late afternoon fire in the Agnew area destroyed a garage and… Continue reading

Most Read