Protestors, pirates, politicians, giant weiner highlight Chapin parade
As republican senator Lindsey Graham rolled by a group of demonstrators from the back seat of a white convertible in Chapin on Monday morning, they shouted at him, but not like protestors have done earlier this year at one of his raucous town hall meetings. It was a different this time.
“LINDSEY!!! LINDSEY!!! LINDSEY!!!” they cheered, “THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!”
“Most of the time I disagree with Lindsey. I've been to his town halls. I've been up in my chair shouting at him,” explained Julie Edwards (above left), a co-chair at Indivisible Midlands, “So when he saw the indivisible shirt I'm sure he thought that he was going to get a wave of backlash but really we were here to say thank you for taking such a brave stand that a lot of republicans aren't making yet.”
“Us and a couple of immigration rights groups organized people coming out here to support DACA youth and to tell [SC Attorney Genral] Alan Wilson that the lawsuit that he is threatening, that it's basically forcing the president's hand to make this announcement tomorrow. We want him to drop it. He is using South Carolina attorney general resources on a lawsuit that will tear people away from the country that they've known since they were children. And take them to a country that they've never been apart of," explained Edwards.
“I think [Sen. Graham] was shocked to see us there,” says Emily Sutton (below), a refugee and immigrant coordinator in Rock Hill for the SC Conference of the United Methodist Church, “But more than anything I think he was grateful for our support of the dream act, something that he has been working on. I was working with him in 2010. And this has been a twenty year process for me. At one point he stuck a thumbs up at me and I thumbs upped back at him and it was like we are on the same page -- we're gonna get this done.”
Chapin Labor Day Parade Emily Sutton, refugee and immigrant coordinator for the SC Conference of the United Methodist Church hold a sign during the Chapin Labor Day Parade September 4, 2017 in Chapin, SC. - Photo by Columbia SC photographer Sean Rayford Chapin Labor Day Parade DACA protest Photos 126553-3U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) gives a thumbs up during the Chapin Labor Day Parade Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 in Chapin, SC. - Photo by Columbia SC photographer Sean Rayford
SC State Rep. James "Smith running for SC governor? Chapin parade appearance stokes speculation" (above)
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