Border wall protest planned for Monday in Northampton

  • About 400 people protesting the election of Donald Trump marched from Sheldon Field in Northampton to a rally in front of Northampton City Hall on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

Staff Writer
Published: 2/18/2019 12:11:46 AM

NORTHAMPTON — Rallies to express opposition to what is viewed as a federal policy of mistreating undocumented immigrants and racism by President Donald Trump in his recently declared state of emergency at the southern border will be held Monday.

The Pioneer Valley Women’s March and Indivisible Noho are organizing the “No Racist Border Wall, No #FakeNationalEmergency” action on the steps of Northampton City Hall at noon on Presidents Day. Similar rallies will be held on the Greenfield Town Common and in Springfield, both also at noon.

Rachel Maoire, director of the Pioneer Valley Women’s March, said the events are part of a national effort, organized by Moveon.org, to speak out against a fake national emergency, and to keep pressure on federal elected officials to reform immigration policy.

“We need to take on the whole issue and the big problems caused by this democratic crisis and the (president’s) deportation force,” Maiore said.

State Rep. Mindy Domb, D-Amherst, Northampton City Councilor Alisa Klein and Springfield City Councilor Amaad Rivera are expected to speak at the Northampton event.

On Friday, Trump signed a spending bill to continue funding government operations, but the bill only included $1.375 billion to build 55 miles of new fencing between the United States and Mexico. Because he had sought significantly more money, Trump declared a national emergency, which would allow him to access an additional $6 billion in money already appropriated for other purposes to pay for building more miles of barriers.

Those who are putting on the rallies will be demanding that Congress immediately find ways to overrule Trump’s emergency declaration.

“The wall is quite unpopular here, and we have to reassert that,” Maoire said.

The Northampton rally, Maiore said, will also focus on humanitarian abuses by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Customs and Border Patrol.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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