S.C. protestors picket Graham saying DeVos, Sessions are ‘unqualified’ for positions
Over 40 picketers marched from Fountain Park in downtown Rock Hill to S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s Rock Hill office to deliver letters asking him to vote against the confirmation of President Trump’s nominees for attorney general and secretary of education last Monday.
The diverse group of picketers included Winthrop University students and a coalition of other groups including the local NAACP chapter and members of Indivisible SC5, a group of York County citizens who say they have united to protect their interests under Trump’s presidency. The group read and delivered letters to Graham’s office voicing their concerns about the nominees who they believed are ‘unqualified’ for the positions.
“The point in this picketing was to let Sen. Lindsey Graham know that we want him to uphold the confirmation of Betsy DeVos,” Dorene Boular, local NAACP president said. Boular was also unsatisfied with the nomination of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama for attorney general. “His (Sessions) 23-year-record shows that he is not in favor of the policies that we would be overseeing as attorney general,” Boular added.
Many who marched voiced concerns about the backgrounds of the nominees and wanted to see better picks for the positions from the president. Others said they were not satisfied with the ‘baggage’ that the nominees would bring into office.
DeVos and Sessions have both advanced in the confirmation process that demonstrators say they want to see stopped. The nominees are set for full senate votes despite highly publicized and contentious confirmation hearings for both candidates.
“Trump needs to come up with better people who are more a equipped and knowledgable about their jobs and compassionate enough to help everybody,” Ayana Crawford, a former Winthrop student said.
Many of the demonstrators at the picketing say they were motivated to make their voices heard because of Trump’s presidency and vowed to continue organizing in their communities throughout the administration’s time in office.
Kamal Shakir, a York County resident was among those who hoped to see community organizing increase in Rock Hill and the surrounding area.
“I hope that we will see more unity and activism under this presidency. We hope that all of these diverse groups can form a bloc that, in 2018, can at least take the house or the senate back,” Shakir said. “The fact that he’s president and gets to nominate these people shows that we need to do more work and join hands together.”