ABILENIANS RALLY FOR FAMILIES

 

Religious signs were popular at the June 30 rally for families held in downtown Abilene. In the video, Chesna Riley, co-pastor of Brook Hollow Christian Church, denounces the Trump administration immigration policies.

By LORETTA FULTON

The voices were loud and clear at a June 30 rally for families in Everman Park in downtown Abilene.

The rally, one of hundreds held nationwide, was organized locally by Indivisible Abilene. Sam Hatton, organizer and Democratic candidate to challenge state Rep. Stan Lambert, said the minutia of what is happening along our southern border is not important.

“It matters that it is morally repugnant and it is happening in our name,” he said.

Several speakers railed against the Trump administration and its immigration policies. Sammie Garcia was one of the more impassioned. He said he moved to Abilene 18 years ago and found “the most loving and caring community on the face of the earth.” He said whether someone is a Republican or Democrat isn’t important.

“It doesn’t matter,” he said, “we all are loving Abilenians, we all are loving Americans.”

Chesna Riley, co-pastor of Brook Hollow Christian Church, was the only pastor who spoke, although others were present.

“I’ve spent the past month practically frothing at the mouth I’m so angry,” Riley said.

All around the speakers, people carried signs with Bible verses and statements. One woman wore a drab green jacket like the one Melania Trump wore on a trip to Texas last month. However, the statement on the back of the jacket was just the opposite of the one on the First Lady’s jacket.

“I Really Do Care, Don’t U” was on the back of the Abilene jacket.

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