Trump protest at Willard

Trump protest at Willard


A crowd of more than 300 people gathered outside Willard Airport at 2 p.m. Sunday, chanting "No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here" to protest President Donald Trump's travel ban barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations entry into the U.S.

Holly Hart/The News-Gazette
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Lance Dixon wrote on January 29, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Your number is low. I handed out 100 posters in less than two minutes. There were ten other people for every one person who was holding one of the posters I handed out. 

danville19550 wrote on January 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm

  I will welcome them , just as soon as they have been properly screened. And I do not mean by Obama standards, REAL screening to weed out the undesirables.

Lance Dixon wrote on January 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm

You have no idea the intense scrutiny that is already involved. 

uncommon_name wrote on January 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm

Ok. Good. It will be even better than it was before which apparently was very intense. Sounds like terrific news! Thanks for sharing your inside information.

uncommon_name wrote on January 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm

At this pace, Trump will win in a landslide in 4 years. While there are a few hundred people protesting at Willard airport, there are millions of others in their living rooms applauding the new measured approach to immigration.

Flame on and tell me I'm wrong.

charlesf wrote on January 29, 2017 at 4:01 pm

when do we get to ban the white people who post on low-circulation newspaper websites in "east central illinois"?

myself included, natch

uncommon_name wrote on January 29, 2017 at 4:01 pm

Ha. Feel free to ban yourself whenever you'd like.

Cheetojesus wrote on January 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm

It would be nice if we could hear from Rodney Davis about his views on current events. We as his constituents need to know if he will represent us or be a Trump sycophant. How about a town hall meeting Rodney?

Glock21 wrote on January 29, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Davis's office is pretty open and helpful about where he stands about x or y. Even if you're anti-x or y... his office is pretty good about where he stands and passing along if you're passionate about z or w. 

B-Evs wrote on January 30, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Huh, the answers I get is that they can't give the opinion of the Congressman and to watch for press releases.  Then when I talk about stuff he's posted on his Facebook or Twitter, they can't confirm if that's what he thinks.  And it depends on which office you talk to.  The Champaign office knew about the News Gazzette article about the Muslim ban as part of a press conference, which wasn't mentioned anywhere else.  There was footage on Facebook from that presser about the ACA but _not_ the Muslim ban, because I guess Congressman Davis is more concerned about something he hasn't worked on in 6 years than people in his district who might not be able to come home.  The DC office didn't even know about the press conference or the article.

Also, it appears that any bill is now a hypothetical, because if you ask about something that hasn't been brought to the House yet, it a 'hypothetical' bill that they can't talk about and if you want to talk about a bill that _is_ in front of the House and the concequences of that bill, since it hasn't been signed into a law yet, it's still 'hypothetical' and they can't talk about what will happen, like who will be arrested or what the charges would be.

I do admit, they are willing to pass on if you are passionate about a subject.  I just wish that his response letters were less form-letter and also less-just barely having to do with the subject you called in about.

vcponsardin wrote on January 29, 2017 at 5:01 pm

"The Boston Marathon bombers were immigrants morons"

Dear honor9chief,

So were your grandparents...

Shoot'em up wrote on January 29, 2017 at 5:01 pm

Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia.  None have a functioning goverment so how can they be fully vetted?


Also where were these clowns when Obama signed his bans?

Glock21 wrote on January 29, 2017 at 6:01 pm

It was an interesting protest. I'm a twice voting Bush voter, was all for McCain because I, like many other rednecks, don't trust Chicago politicians... but this nonsense... I was out there with the other hippies, because this is what my German holocaust surviving family warned me about. It's been red flags all week...

uncommon_name wrote on January 29, 2017 at 7:01 pm

You are a redneck and a hippie? That's an interesting combo!

I'm truly sorry your family went through the Holocaust. Truly. Just as a point of discussion, what would their opinion be on the state of the mass immigration in to Europe? The stabbings, the shootings, the rapes that some of the migrants have been a part of?

David Prochaska wrote on January 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm

News-Gazette coverage of events like this is consistently biased. Generally, no stories, just a few photos. In this case the photos are clearly biased and underestimate crowd size, because they focus not on mass of demonstrators but individuals.

Compare photos of both individuals and mass of demonstrators published by Smile Politely

For reporting on the demonstration, again Smile Politely 'trumps' the News-Gazette hands down: " Hundreds of people gathered today at Willard Airport to rally against recent political moves by President Trump to keep Muslim people from entering our country. Protestors brought signs, loud voices, stories and plenty of diversity to the peaceful demonstration.

Among the speakers were Urbana's Mayor Laurel Prussing, who reiterated that Urbana is a sanctuary city; democratic Illinois State Representative Carol Ammons who spoke works of unity stating: "we will not be divided"; and finally a member of the local Mosque in Urbana spoke about his family's immigration to America and how his family now contributes to the positive aspects of American culture, economics, and society.

The demonstration was peaceful and was monitored by local and state police."

Don't suppose the biased coverage has anything to do with the N-G's politics now, do you?