As the Resistance March gathers momentum like a snowball rolling downhill, Palm Springs leaders are keeping an ever-watchful eye on circulating messages and an ear to the ground on the rhetoric.
Mayor Robert Moon said he is aware of the march and former U.S. Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer’s plans to address marchers who gather at Frances Stevens Park on Jan. 20 but likely won’t be anywhere near.
“I am a lifelong Democrat, and I was an elected delegate for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia,” Moon told Uken Report. “However, no, I will not be attending. I am not a political activist and I do not normally attend political demonstrations.”
Boxer’s presence is expected to catapult the march into the national spotlight. It is sponsored and supported by the 1,700 local members of Courageous Resistance California, Democratic Headquarters of the Desert, 10 Democratic clubs of the Coachella Valley and numerous Democratic elected officials. It is is expected to transcend the borders of Palm Springs attracting those who support the #Resist and #Replace movement from outside Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.
Local law enforcement is also monitoring the energy propelling the march.
“The police chief reviews these events with his staff and handles staffing and monitoring as they feel the situation requires,” said City Manager David H. Ready. “In the past, this model has seemed to work well”
The event, which will be held at 500 N. Palm Canyon Drive, is one event of many around the country that Boxer, a Rancho Mirage resident, has scheduled. She is billing them as “March For Change – Take Our Country Back.” For a complete list of her national marches, click HERE.
“Trump’s election needs to be a call to action for all of us,” Boxer says on her website. “That means joining the marches, getting involved at the local level, and taking action when Trump attacks our communities, sides with the big polluters, and undermines our civil rights and core values. And it means holding accountable the Republicans in Congress who are enabling Trump.”
The Palm Springs event is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Boxer served 24 years in the U.S. Senate (leaving in January 2017), 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and six years on the Marin County Board of Supervisors.
Frances Stevens Park is located between Downtown and Uptown Palm Springs and situated on the corner Palm Canyon and Indian Canyon off East Alejo Road.