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Demonstrations Spread to Rep. Reed Offices Outside Geneva


Last Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of people gathered on Exchange Street in downtown Geneva to demonstrate their opposition to a variety of Trump administration policies and appointments as well as Congressman Tom Reed’s support of them. The large turnout inspired organizers, including BrienAshdown, to return to Reed’s office again this today. The demonstrations are growing to include other communities Reed represents.

“People have decided on their own to plan these, I think they’re being called, sister rallies in Corning and in Ithaca at the same time our rally is here in Geneva. So, I don’t know if it’s grassroots, but it’s very community-based. People are planning their own rallies in their own communities. I’m focusing on Geneva and there have been other great people taking on the rallies in Ithaca and Corning all driven by local community people.”


Ashdown hopes the demonstration will get Reed’s attention and encourage communication with his constituents, though he himself has found one line of communication cut. Ashdown recently found himself blocked from Reed’s official Twitter account.

“If I were in his position, I would be a little concerned about the response that he’s getting in his district. I know we have a hashtag #ReedsLastTerm that I’m sure makes him a little uncomfortable.”

This afternoon’s demonstrations are scheduled from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Geneva, Ithaca, and Corning.

Kelly Walker started his public radio career at WBAA in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1985 and has spent some time in just about every role public broadcasting has to offer. He has spent substantive time in programming and development at KWMU in St. Louis, WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana, and Troy Public Radio in Alabama before his arrival in Geneva, New York. In addition, his work has been heard on many other public radio stations as well as NPR. Kelly also produces The Sundilla Radio Hour, which airs Sundays at 1 p.m. on Finger Lakes Public Radio and is distributed to public radio stations all over the country through PRX.
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