Town Halls Become ‘Indivisible’ Epicenters As Trump Resistance Grows

With help from activist manual written by former congressional staffers, Republicans face angry crowds in home states


Published:

Almost 1,000 constituents were gathered inside the Brighton High School auditorium, many booing and shouting, “Do your job!” at Chaffetz, who is chair of the House Oversight Committee, as he claimed that presidents are exempt from conflict of interest laws.

Photo: AP

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was confronted by angry crowds at a town hall in Salt Lake City on Thursday, over what they saw as his failure to properly investigate President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interests, in another showing of a growing resistance to the new administration.

Almost 1,000 constituents were gathered inside the Brighton High School auditorium, many booing and shouting, “Do your job!” at Chaffetz, who is chair of the House Oversight Committee, as he claimed that presidents are exempt from conflict of interest laws. At another point, when Chaffetz said he wanted to get rid of Trump’s recently-confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos—indeed, he wants to eliminate the Education Department as a whole—an audience member shouted, “We want to get rid of you!”

Outside, another large crowd shut out of the proceedings despite available seats chanted “vote him out,” and “Chaffetz is a coward.” At least one woman was arrested.

Chaffetz ultimately left 40 minutes early and refused to take questions from the press.

Republican lawmakers are increasingly facing protests at town halls and other events, as communities have been taking up the call of numerous resistance factions that formed after the election—with some inspired by the Indivisible Guide, a manual written by former congressional staffers that helps activists organize at the local level using the same tactics that Tea Party conservatives used successfully against former President Barack Obama.

Indeed, constituents also showed up to Republican Rep. Diane Black’s town hall in her home state of Tennessee, where an “Ask Your Rep” event in Murfreesboro saw at least 100 people asking impassioned questions about Republicans’ plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare.

Jessi Bohon, a 35-year-old high school teacher from Cookeville, asked Black how Congress could justify “punishing our sickest people” instead of expanding Medicare to be accessible to all people, a question which elicited loud applause from the audience.

“About 20 million people did actually come into the program who were uninsured,” Black said. “You don’t want to hurt one group of people to help the another. We can help both groups at the same time.”

Bohon replied, “How many of those people were in states where they played a political game with people’s lives?”

Black, who appeared flustered by the question, responded, “I’m going to pass on this one.”

Black was joined at the event by two other Republican local officials. At one point, GOP State Rep. Mike Sparks told the audience, “I’ll be honest with you. As a state representative, I got health insurance. I feel a little guilty.”

Multiple attendees could be heard responding, “You should.”

More than 600 people also turned up at a town hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Republican Rep. Justin Amash stayed late to answer questions from a more temperate audience.

The large crowds and vocal protests were notable not just for their willingness to confront lawmakers, but also because they took place in the deep-red states of Utah and Tennessee—an indication to many that the Indivisible Guide, among other resistance movements, is succeeding.

This article was republished from Common Dreams.

See also:
Amid “Muslim Ban” Chaos, Van Jones Sends In His Love Army
Big Protests Are Fine, But Here’s A To-Do List For Lasting Change

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Daily Astrology

June 23, 2017

Today begins under a weighty opposition between the Gemini Moon and Saturn. Facts may be inconvenient but they must be faced. Do what must be done. Honor commitments and be true to your beliefs. Travel delays can add to pressures. By late morning the day…
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Alternative Health Directory

Browse all listings »

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

June 2017

January 14 - December 9, 2017 With Tom Frederick Novice — This 12-month program is designed to assist you on your journey to spiritual enlightenment. Here we study a variety of esoteric...

Cost: $1300

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: Women of Wisdom
Telephone: 508-230-3680
Contact Name: Women of Wisdom
Website »

More information

Sunday Reiki treatments with Reiki master and practitioner Linda Simons in Brookline, MA. Start your week off on a more balanced note with a Reiki treatment on a Sunday afternoon. Please join me...

Cost: Sliding Scale $20-$40

Where:
233 Harvard Street
Suite 36
Brookline, MA  02446
View map »


Telephone: 617-304-2205
Contact Name: LInda Simons
Website »

More information

Prayer for Peace — Lao-Tse If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities. If...

Cost: Donation / heart offering

Where:
HeartSong Spiritual Wellness
23 Pine Street
Milford, MA  01757
View map »


Sponsor: HeartSong Spiritual Wellness Center
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

January 14 - December 9, 2017 With Tom Frederick Novice — This 12-month program is designed to assist you on your journey to spiritual enlightenment. Here we study a variety of esoteric...

Cost: $1300

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: Women of Wisdom
Telephone: 508-230-3680
Contact Name: Women of Wisdom
Website »

More information

Qigong is an amazing practice for health, healing and inspiration. Qigong is a series of flowing and repeated movements, stretches and breathing exercises that are very easy to learn and may be...

Cost: Drop in $20 or purchase series card

Where:
The Yoga Depot
17 Depot Square
Lexington, MA  02420
View map »


Sponsor: BodyWork Revolution
Telephone: 781-372-1000
Contact Name: Steve Cunningham
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

January 14 - December 9, 2017 With Tom Frederick Novice — This 12-month program is designed to assist you on your journey to spiritual enlightenment. Here we study a variety of esoteric...

Cost: $1300

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: Women of Wisdom
Telephone: 508-230-3680
Contact Name: Women of Wisdom
Website »

More information

This year’s smart meter opt out bill, S. 1864: An Act Relative to Utilities, Smart Meters, and Ratepayer’s Rights sponsored by Sen. Michael Moore, will come up for a hearing before the...

Where:
Gardner Auditorium, Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA  02133
View map »


Telephone: 508-530-4131
Contact Name: Patricia Burke

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

January 14 - December 9, 2017 With Tom Frederick Novice — This 12-month program is designed to assist you on your journey to spiritual enlightenment. Here we study a variety of esoteric...

Cost: $1300

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: Women of Wisdom
Telephone: 508-230-3680
Contact Name: Women of Wisdom
Website »

More information

Explore the Mysteries of the Solstice on June 21st with John Gauley, Br. Daniel Walters and Annabelle Wallace. Summer Solstice is a time to celebrate our lives as we surrender to the...

Cost: Donation

Where:
Glastonbury Abbey
Morcone Center
16 Hull Street
Hingham, MA  02043
View map »


Sponsor: Glastonbury Abbey
Telephone: 781-749-2155 X 300
Contact Name: Joan Buckley
Website »

More information

Could your gut be unbalanced due to food ingredients or personal care products?  What is hiding in your personal care products?  What does it mean to eat clean?  Organic or...

Cost: $30

Where:
YOUnity Yoga & Wellness
189 Main Street
Milford, MA  01757
View map »


Telephone: 508-478-3333
Contact Name: BJ Hickson
Website »

More information

Weekly yoga classes with Rev. Michelle Caron, RMT, CYT, ZIN of Harmony Way on Wednesdays at 12:15 PM and Fridays at 9:30 AM at the Wilbraham Senior Center. Class welcomes all ages and uses a...

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilbraham Senior Center
45 Post Office Park, #4502
Wilbraham, MA  01095
View map »


Sponsor: Harmony Way
Telephone: 413-636-2475
Contact Name: Rev. Michelle Caron, RMT, CYT, ZIN
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

January 14 - December 9, 2017 With Tom Frederick Novice — This 12-month program is designed to assist you on your journey to spiritual enlightenment. Here we study a variety of esoteric...

Cost: $1300

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: Women of Wisdom
Telephone: 508-230-3680
Contact Name: Women of Wisdom
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

January 14 - December 9, 2017 With Tom Frederick Novice — This 12-month program is designed to assist you on your journey to spiritual enlightenment. Here we study a variety of esoteric...

Cost: $1300

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: Women of Wisdom
Telephone: 508-230-3680
Contact Name: Women of Wisdom
Website »

More information

June 23, 24, 25, 2017 Pranic Healing Comes to Vermont Here is what you can expect to learn and practice during our pranic healing class: Scanning to assess energetic causes of pain and...

Cost: $350

Where:
Mercy Ecology Farm
56 Howard HIll Road
Benson, VT  05743
View map »


Sponsor: Pranic Healing Blessed Land
Telephone: 908-656-4375
Contact Name: Donna Visco
Website »

More information

June 23 - 30, 2017 Many masters unite! Join internationally renowned leaders in Eastern philosophy at Eastover for our Medical Qigong and Oriental Medicine Symposium. We will dive deep into the...

Cost: Please see our website

Where:
Eastover Estate & Retreat Center
430 East Street
Lenox, MA  01240
View map »


Sponsor: Eastover Estate & Retreat Center
Telephone: 866-264-5139
Contact Name: Yingxing Wang
Website »

More information

Weekly yoga classes with Rev. Michelle Caron, RMT, CYT, ZIN of Harmony Way on Wednesdays at 12:15 PM and Fridays at 9:30 AM at the Wilbraham Senior Center. Class welcomes all ages and uses a...

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilbraham Senior Center
45 Post Office Park, #4502
Wilbraham, MA  01095
View map »


Sponsor: Harmony Way
Telephone: 413-636-2475
Contact Name: Rev. Michelle Caron, RMT, CYT, ZIN
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

A day filled with meditations and spirit-based activities. Bhavna's Wellness Group is a collaboration of holistic practitioners providing “healing to the core” through love and...

Where:
Bhavna’s Wellness Group
Shrewsbury, MA


Sponsor: Bhavna’s Wellness Group
Telephone: 508-970-5620
Website »

More information

January 14 - December 9, 2017 With Tom Frederick Novice — This 12-month program is designed to assist you on your journey to spiritual enlightenment. Here we study a variety of esoteric...

Cost: $1300

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: Women of Wisdom
Telephone: 508-230-3680
Contact Name: Women of Wisdom
Website »

More information

Generating ripples around the world: Inspiring world dance event to raise consciousness about water crisis Global Water Dances – Cambridge at Fresh Pond Weir Meadow at Kingsley Park...

Where:
Weir Meadow, Kingsley Park
Fresh Pond Reservation
Cambridge, MA
View map »


Contact Name: Audrey Albert King
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags