Demonstrators deliver postcards to Rep. McMorris Rodgers

Demonstrators deliver postcards to Rep. McMorris Rodgers

Local protests continue against President Donald Trump’s policies.

Dozens of people gathered outside of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ downtown office on Wednesday.

The event was organized by the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS). The purpose: to “Rise Up together in a strong demonstration of Resistance to his agenda.”

Many people were there to deliver handwritten post cards to the congresswoman’s office, stating their concerns about topics ranging from health care, to oil pipelines, to the proposed border wall.

“We’re speaking out against Trump’s executive orders and also delivering post cards to Cathy McMorris Rodgers,” explained organizer with PJALS and former Spokane mayoral candidate Shar Lichty.

The PJALS website says the demonstration is in response to what it calls a “flood of harmful executive orders coming from Trump.”

“[We’re] showing people there is a real proactive way they can deal with all the fear, the anger, the frustration they’re feeling right now,” explained Cynthia Hamilton, the local representative.

Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ office let people in one by one today to deliver the postcards and make their concerns known.

“We had a postcard happy hour last night from 4:30 to eight, and floods of people who couldn’t be here today because they’re working came and signed post cards we’ll be delivering,” Lichty explained.

Organizers say each card featured a personal message to the congresswoman.

“A lot of folks are just calling on her to recognize that the majority of people did not vote for Donald Trump, he does not have a mandate, she needs to represent her constituents and put people before party,” Lichty said.

Hamilton agreed, saying, “I’d like to see a little more resolve and little bit more willingness to understand she’s supposed to represent all of us and not just the ones she likes.”

And this group says they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

“It makes me feel good seeing the power of the people rising up,” Lichty said.

Here’s the statement from Molly Drenkard, the spokesperson for the congresswoman:

“Hearing from the people of Eastern Washington makes the Congresswoman a better representative in the People’s House, and she encourages everyone to share their views with her. It’s unfortunate today’s protests were designed to deliberately keep her office from serving the community by making it difficult for her staff to help veterans, meet with medical leaders on health care reform, and follow up on time-sensitive requests. Because of the protests, office staff set up a queue and are taking visitors one-by-one to ensure protesters and non-protesters alike are able to meet with the person who can best answer their individual questions and give them personalized attention. The Congresswoman is honored to serve everyone in Eastern Washington and is dedicated to finding common ground to solve the problems facing us here at home.”

Demonstrators were also encouraged to write postcards to Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell.