by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News
LOS ANGELES — Filipinos have begun to participate in weekly demonstrations against the newly sworn in President Donald Trump — letting him and the local government know of their concerns.
With Trump now in office, protesters say you can expect nationwide actions “Resisting Trump” every Tuesday.
“This is Resist Trump Tuesdays,” said Joye Swan, protest organizer. “There are movements going on around the country every single Tuesday to let Trump know we will not go quietly, his lies will not go unheard and unnoticed and unchallenged.
Filipinos like Theresa Padua are making it a point to participate in the weekly actions.
“It affects everyone,” Padua said. “It affects every single one of us, no matter what color we are, what sex we are, who we love what status we are … this affects all of us…our healthcare system — it affects us all in a negative way.”
While Trump has been president for only less than a week, these activists say there’s already much to be concerned about.
Our concern is all the people he’s appointing to these offices that don’t have the ability or understanding — like what the education department is, what the health department is,” Padua added. “Seems like they want to dismantle every thing that’s in place.”
These nationwide weekly actions will include letter writing campaigns, and call-ins with elected officials.
On this Tuesday — the first during the Trump administration — about 60 people rallied outside of the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, calling on California’s new Democratic Senator Kamala Harris to support their cause.
Harris’ staff also met with the activists outside to hear their concerns.