A coalition of progressive advocacy organizations led by MoveOn has called for coordinated nation-wide protests today at 5 p.m.
The move is a reaction to yesterday's forced resignation of Trump-appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The president has long expressed disappointment in Sessions, who recused himself from Robert Mueller's ongoing special counsel investigation early in his tenure. Sessions' ouster was widely seen as a prelude to executive intervention in Mueller's independent investigation.
An official MoveOn press release describes new Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as a "crony" who "has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and cannot be allowed to remain in charge of it."
"Donald Trump just crossed a red line," the press release continues, "violating the independence of the investigation pursuing criminal charges in the Trump-Russia scandal and cover-up. Trump putting himself above the law is a threat to our democracy, and we’ve got to get Congress to stop him. We're mobilizing immediately to demand accountability, because Trump is not above the law."
MoveOn projects a grand total of 990 protests across the nation. Florida alone is expected to host 41 of these.
The Jacksonville event takes place on San Jose Blvd. in Mandarin, in front of Whole Foods. St. Augustine activists are set to demonstrate at the Plaza de la Constitución.