Tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m., on the eve of an expected vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, Northeast Florida activists will take to the streets to express support for the presumed outcome, namely the impeachment of Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors. Trump faces two charges: Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. Republican representatives have unanimously circled their wagons around the embattled president, but House Democrats hold the majority.
The St. Augustine and Jacksonville events are part of a nationwide mobilization organized by MoveOn.org. There are 564 such demonstrations planned across the nation. Indivisible St. Johns is spearheading the St. Augustine event, which takes place at the Plaza de la Constitución. In a press release, Indivisible spokesperson Mary Lawrence wrote: "The mobilization is part of a massive, grassroots effort to ensure Congress holds Donald Trump accountable for using military aid to pressure Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 elections and obstructing Congress. We demand that the House of Representatives fulfills its constitutional duty by impeaching Donald Trump and that the Senate remove him from office. Congress must show that no one is above the law. Our gathering will be a peaceful and solemn one with a focus on defending our democracy. Those attending will hold flags, banners, lights and signs, emphasizing the seriousness of the charges against Trump—and the threat his behavior poses to the rule of law and our national security."
The Jacksonville event is more improvised, largely due to the difficulties of demonstrating in Duval County. Organizers observed: "Due to the lack of accessibility to [U.S. Rep.] John Rutherford's district office and the lack of a public venue, we will be meeting on the public sidewalks at the intersection of McCormick and Monument. As we come together on public sidewalks, we are highlighting the lack of public venues that allow citizens to peacefully assemble in the city of Jacksonville."