Tulare isn't known much for demonstrations, but last Thursday the small Central Valley farming town became the latest stop in a campaign to call out members of Congress who were skipping town hall meetings during the congressional recess.
About 100 demonstrators gathered in a city park at dusk. With signs reading “No Wall” and “Yes to the ACA," marchers chanted “Keep our health care! No repeal!” as they were escorted across a busy street by police officers. They walked back and forth on the sidewalk outside of the gated neighborhood where Rep. Devin Nunes owns a home.
Brian Carroll, a public school teacher in nearby Farmersville, held up a large white sign that listed some of his concerns: “No Reductions to Social Security. No Keystone.”
And then he read out loud from the bottom of the sign: “I am not a paid protester. I live in the 93292 ZIP code and I am a constituent in California’s 22nd District.”
Carroll said he’s met all his former representatives at town hall meetings or other public events. He said one even came to talk to his eighth-grade class.