Supporters of House Democrats who will be voting to impeach President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday will be gathering at 5 p.m. Tuesday outside the Federal Building in San Francisco and in 20 other locations throughout the Bay Area.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives will be giving many of us what we've been craving since Trump took office in 2017: a historic impeachment vote, and only the third of its kind in U.S. history. And while this is almost sure to end in predictable disappointment in the corrupt, Republican-led Senate, we in the Bay Area may as well make some noise while we can, because this is the time to do it. Even though our two Democratic senators don't need any convincing to vote to remove Trump from office.
Nonetheless, this evening's "Impeach & Remove" rally in SF — organized by the now ironically named MoveOn.org, which took shape in the wake of the crushing and stolen 2000 election from which many of us have barely moved on — will become a march down Market Street in the direction of the local offices of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.
"Our constitution is clear: Nobody is above the law," MoveOn organizers write. "Trump has committed many impeachable offenses, and now we finally have two Articles of Impeachment, for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. Come and join us as we stand up for our Constitution in front of Speaker Pelosi's office."
Pelosi's office is in the newer Federal Building at 7th and Mission, where the rally will begin, and confusingly, the event copy says that Pelosi's daughter will be speaking alongside a ghost? "Her daughter Christine Pelosi will speak, along with Alexander Hamilton and other patriots."
As KPIX reports, parallel rallies will be happening in Emeryville, Oakland, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Lafayette, and multiple other locales around the Bay Area. Check the map on MoveOn.org to find your nearest one.
The House Judiciary Committee just produced a supplemental report Monday that accuses Trump of the crime of bribery. Democrats and legal experts have said that they believe Trump's dealings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky amount to bribery, because he was withholding military aid in exchange for investigations he wanted for his own political gain.
And Democrats who were elected in swing districts are trying to get independent Michigan Rep. Justin Amash to help present the House case in the Senate, hoping that he will help convince Republicans to turn tail on the president. As Vice reports, Amash is a conservative who disapproves of Trump and who left the Republican Party last year to declare himself an independent.