(Report by Eric Hamburg, attending & participating in this event for Indivisible Morongo Basin.)
Over 60 members of regional Indivisible groups and others concerned about Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban gathered at Rep. Paul Cook’s Apple Valley office. Meeting with Cook’s field representative, Matt Knox, in the patio outside the Apple Valley Town Hall, the overflow attendees presented a letter expressing their “shock and outrage at (Rep. Cook’s) support for this dangerous and un-American executive order”. Read the full letter here. Many others presented their comments to Mr. Knox as well.
Quoting from the letter to Rep. Cook:
We applaud you for asking President Trump to look closer at the implications of this order for people that have already been vetted and have valid green cards and visas; however, we are shocked and outraged at your support for this dangerous and un-American executive order as a whole, and we demand that you change your position and state publicly, clearly, and unambiguously that you oppose this executive order by the end of the week. Should you refuse to, we will return frequently and repeatedly until you change your position, and we will vote you out of office for betraying American values and putting our lives at risk.
Importantly, to this meeting’s priority issue, during our discussion Mr. Knox’s, representing Rep Cook, only real “defense” of Trump’s ban was to repeatedly wave around an internet printout/article re Obama’s 2011 immigration restrictions. It was pointed out to him, in part, via this Politifact article, that this “defense” was not responsive nor relevant to the current situation.
Today’s gathering more than tripled the number of attendees from the initial Indivisible/citizen’s meeting at Cook’s Apple Valley office on January 17, 2017. Today’s meeting was initiated and facilitated by Indivisible San Bernardino Mountains, and attended by members of Indivisible Morongo Basin, Indivisible Barstow, Indivisible Victor Valley and others. The mood of the attendees was positive, passionate, determined and respectful of the democratic process but also ready to stand for their rights to express their views to their elected representative. The interior space of the Town Hall was too small to accommodate the attendees so the meeting took place outside the front of the building.
Today, and as at the 1/17 meeting, attendees asked when Rep. Cook would conduct a local town hall meeting with his constituents. No affirmative answer was forthcoming. Additionally, specfic concerns regarding many issues were again presented to Mr. Knox and detailed responses were requested. To date we have received no responses from Rep. Cook from the 1/17 meeting. At today’s meeting this lack of responsiveness was pointed out to Mr. Knox. It was also noted that Mr. Knox, as at the last meeting, was taking no notes to record the attendees detailed questions. This is of serious concern as it calls into question if Mr. Knox can and will actually relay the detailed concerns of Rep. Cook’s constituents and provide us with substantive responses.
Video of only some (we needed to edit for time constraints) of the remarkable presentation of views:
The Victor Valley Daily Press reported on this event.