JOE COOPER | SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Protesters gathered outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Tuscaloosa on Friday afternoon to encourage Senator Richard Shelby to hold a town hall meeting in Tuscaloosa. Senator Shelby last held a town hall meeting in Tuscaloosa in 2015. A town hall meeting was planned to be held on October 24, 2016 but was cancelled.
“Throughout my time in the Senate, it has been one of my top priorities to visit each of Alabama’s 67 counties every year,” Shelby said in a statement to Yellowhammer News after having visited every county in Alabama in 2015.
“This year, the Senator’s state-wide tour is focused on meeting with constituents at local businesses to hear directly from them about the impact of federal policies on job creation and economic growth in Alabama,” Shelby spokeswoman Torrie Matous stated.
Aside from Shelby having not held a town hall meeting recently, protesters expressed concern over issues such as the Affordable Care Act, immigration policy, economic issues and environmental issues.
Some protesters also stated that they want to express their issues with President Trump’s Administration such as members of his staff – specifically Steve Bannon – Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, as well as Shelby’s support for Trump.
“If we can get our concerns to Shelby, perhaps he can get them to Trump,” protestor Carol Hickox said.
The protest was led and organized by Tuscaloosa local Frannie James, who claimed she has been trying for a month to contact Shelby to get him to hold a town hall meeting.