Demonstrations held Friday against Trump’s visit

Featured photo: Demonstrators at Indivisible Bemidji event. Photo courtesy of Eric Callagan.

Indivisible Bemidji gathering. Photo courtesy of Eric Callagan.

 Two organized demonstrations took place Friday, voicing their discontent with the current White House administration.

Indivisible Bemidji organized a silent gathering, which featured many people standing along Paul Bunyan Drive near downtown Bemidji holding Biden-Harris signs and, as organizer Jean Christensen said, bearing silent witness to those who feel they are not being represented in the White House.

On the other side of town, near Target, a number participated in the “Defend Our Democracy” rally, which, according to organizer Christian Taylor-Johnson, wanted to convey a message that President Trump’s rhetoric did not belong on Anishinaabe land.

Salena Beasley holds a Biden Harris sign along Paul Bunyan Drive. Photo courtesy of Eric Callagan.

The “Defend Our Democracy” demonstration included voter registration booths, drumming circles, speakers, music and dancing.

Nancy Beaulieu, organizer with “Rock the Vote-Native Style” and MN350, was managing the voting registration, and said her goal was to encourage people to make their voice heard through voting.

Early voting began Friday, Sept. 18. Voters may vote early in-person or begin submitting their mail-in ballots.

Tom Lucas assisted with protest coverage.

Drummer. Photo courtesy of Tom Lucas.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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