Southwest Floridians mobilize caravan, protest to stand up to Trump, support Biden

A “Ridin’ with Biden” caravan in Collier County in August. A similar caravan is scheduled for tomorrow in Fort Myers. (Image: WINK News)

Oct. 15, 2020 by David Silverberg

Southwest Floridians of all political persuasions will be showing their support for decency, democracy and Joe Biden tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 16 in a “Ridin’ for Biden” caravan through Fort Myers, Fla.

The caravan comes as President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a private event for donors and selected invitees.

According to NBC2 News: “The president will land at Southwest Florida International Airport around 1 p.m. then will be escorted to downtown Fort Myers to discuss his efforts to protect our country’s seniors at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center.”

The caravan is being organized by Southwest Floridian activists rather than specific organizations. It is endorsed by The Paradise Progressive.

The caravan will assemble at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater’s North Parking Lot, 1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, at 11:00 am. At that time cars will be decorated and signage and banners will be available. Participants are encouraged to bring their own signs and decorations.

Masks, social distancing and health precautions will be observed. In the interests of safety there will not be speeches or crowding of any kind. The event is intended to be peaceful, patriotic and law-abiding.

The caravan is expected to begin rolling between 11:30 am and noon. Participants can join or depart at any time.

There is no set route but a lead car will be designated. There is also no set duration for the caravan.

The Southwest Florida Indivisible organization is also organizing a “Dump Trump” rally on the street near the Luminary Hotel on 2200 Edwards Dr., where Trump was initially scheduled to speak. It is scheduled to begin at 10 am and last through much of the day. The organization is requesting that demonstrators respond in advance (which can be done here).

Three sitting presidents that have previously visited Fort Myers, according to the News-Press are: Gerald Ford, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. After their retirements George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Herbert Hoover and Theodore Roosevelt also visited.

Liberty lives in light

© 2020 by David Silverberg

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