Demonstrators will gather at Java Joe’s coffee house to protest GOP candidate Donald Trump’s scheduled “Morning Joe” TV appearance in Des Moines on January 15.
Activists from American Friends Service Committee, Des Moines for Palestine and other groups are staging a rally to publicly condemn Trump’s “racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rants.”
Critics say the candidate’s “abusive behavior” toward people and his “derogatory comments” toward immigrants, refugees and Muslims are the reasons for Friday’s rally. Others have cited the white nationalist front American National Super PAC’s support of Trump, an endorsement Trump says he rejects.
AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator Kathleen McQuillen told Iowa Free Press the event is loosely organized and organizers are putting out an invitation for people to join them.
“Myself and a few friends decided to be present for the Morning Joe program with a message that we welcome immigrants, refugees, Muslims,” McQuillen said, “and that his messages and hostility are counter to basic human rights and the US premise that ‘all men (read persons) are created equal.'”
According to McQuillen, the main goals for Friday’s demonstration is to “make it clear to our neighbors of color and those who are Muslim, or Sikh, or Jewish or any other religion or ethnicity that we stand with them,” and that “people like Donald Trump do not represent us.”
“[If Trump] chooses to use hateful, abusive language there are people everywhere who will stand up to expose and oppose his hostility,” McQuillen said. “There are people who will resist his racist rants.”
Demonstrators will convene outside of Java Joe’s shortly after 4am, with the doors opening at 4:30am on January 15.
Java Joe’s is a popular coffee shop and eatery located at 214 4th St. in Des Moines. The venue will play host to the MSNBC cable news program “Morning Joe” hosted by political commentators Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist.
To prepare for the event, organizers are asking people to join and invite others to show up, make signs and discuss strategy for Friday’s demonstration the day before (Jan. 14) at the AFSC Des Moines office (4211 Grand Avenue) at 4pm.
“Stand up and be counted in demanding a public discourse that focuses on issues and not on name calling and abusive behavior,” McQuillen said. “Democracy deserves better that what it is getting from Trump.”
For more information, contact Katie Huerter, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Middle East Peace Building Associate at khuerter (at) afsc.org or visit http://afsc.org/