BANGOR – Thursday afternoon, Maine ministers and community organizers sent a message to President Donald Ttrump: racism and hate are not Maine values.
During a video news conference, ministers and community activists announced they will be holding peaceful protests in Dover-Foxcroft and Bangor while President Donald Trump visits the Puritan Medical Supply factory in Guilford.
Puritan makes swabs used for COVID-19 testing.
“What we are hearing in our communities in Dover-Foxcroft and Guilford, people are anxious and stressed out because Trump is coming to Maine,” said Pastor Steve Hastings of the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church. “And they’ve asked their faith leaders to come out in the face of racism and state violence, in the face of division that’s coming from the top down, which is so harmful and so hurtful to people.
The group says they plan to stage a peaceful protest against President Trump at the Wayfair parking lot at Bangor International Airport beginning at 11:00 Friday morning.
The president’s plane is scheduled to touch down at BIA.
A second anti-Trump rally was announced late Thursday afternoon by supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to a news release from Indivisible.org, the group plans to confront Trump supporters opposing what they called a message of hate and division.
They also plan to gather near Bangor International Airport beginning at 11 a.m. Friday.