"Make Fischer Listen" Rally attracts large crowd

Published: Feb. 21, 2017 at 7:15 PM CST
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While meeting with the Lincoln Independent Business Association, over one hundred of demonstrators packed the sidewalk in downtown Lincoln to send Senator Deb Fischer a clear message: they want her listen.

Laurie Churchill said she has called the Senator's office for weeks regarding a multitude of issues, and she never received legitimate responses from Senator Fischer.

"Come listen to some of our concerns, and to vote the way her constituents are asking her to vote," said Churchill.

While chanting and holding signs, protestors -some participating for the first time- say they want to see change.

First time demonstrator, Sue Eells said, "The tea party, they did it in 2008 and 2009. And now it's time for people to come together the same way, but with a different message."

Organizers say they hope these grassroots efforts will attract independent voters for the 2018 elections, showing solidarity with them on key issues and hoping to turn the grassroots energy into votes.

"This is the party that are fighting for the things they believe. We're fighting for refugees. We're fighting for workers. We're fighting for women. We're fighting for LGBTQ citizens," said Nate Gadzinski, grassroots director for the Nebraska Democratic Party.

The groups say they want to show Congress that their constituents will not forget their action or inaction.

One protestor, Cassey Lottman, said, "Democratic accountability. We need to let our leaders know that we see what they're doing and we need that to not continue. We need them to see us and represent us."

While Indivisible Lincoln organized the protest, other groups and individuals participated and they all had a similar point they hoped to get across to Senator Fischer.