The citizen effort was led by a group called Alameda4Impeachment. Supporters of the call for symbolic action also demonstrated outside of Alameda city hall last evening.
A spokesperson for Alameda4Impeachment provided the following statement this morning:
“We are grateful today for our courageous Alameda City Council. At the Council’s March 7 meeting, they discussed reports alleging that President Trump may be in violation of the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses of the Constitution and may have colluded with foreign authorities to coordinate illegal efforts to compromise the recent U.S. Presidential Election. Having heard 15 speakers in support and 2 opposed, they voted unanimously to approve a resolution calling on Rep. Barbara Lee and others in Congress to investigate whether the reported allegations occurred and are sufficient grounds for the impeachment of Donald J. Trump.
“Today, Alameda joins Richmond, CA and Charlotte, VT as the third locality in the nation to pass a resolution of this type. Boston, College Park, Danville, Denver, Littleton, Montgomery County, Nashville, Philadelphia, Savannah and Seattle are now contemplating launching their own efforts.
“It’s important to emphasize that this Resolution was not an actual Impeachment of Donald Trump. Rather, it’s a call to Congress to initiate a serious, comprehensive investigation.”
It’s unlikely that Oakland Democrat Barbara Lee, who has been slamming Trump and the congressional Republicans, needs much persuasion.
Lee’s office issued a statement today marking International Women’s Day and the ‘Day Without A Woman’ strike, attributing to Lee, “it is particularly fitting that this strike is happening just as Republicans begin debate on their shameful bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Make no mistake: this legislation, which would defund Planned Parenthood, is an all-out assault on women’s health. As we walk out today, we will continue to demand that Republicans abandon their crusade against women’s health care, reproductive freedoms and economic security.”
Also today, workers and families at the Kiddie Kampus pre-school co-operative in West Alameda stayed home in support of the Day Without Women.
As a co-operative, the school is staffed by participating families, with 6 parents working each day. A parent, speaking on background, explained to Action Alameda News that 21 students attend the school on Wednesdays, and that there are a total of 31 families in the co-op.
Monica Bell Sloan, president of the co-operative, provided the following statement:
“Kiddie Kampus Cooperative Preschool will close March 8, 2017 in honor of a Day Without Women. We stand in solidarity with the International Women’s Strike US/Paro Internacional de Mujeres EUA, and the Women’s March on Washington. On this Day Without Women, we recognize the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system–while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity. We also recognize that trans and gender nonconforming people face heightened levels of discrimination, social oppression and political targeting.
“Our school community has decided to participate to stand in solidarity with women across the US and the globe because women’s general strikes have a long history of calling attention to the immense amount of paid and unpaid labor that women perform, but which is undervalued or ignored. We believe that striking from providing care and education for young children – both paid and unpaid – is an incredibly powerful statement because it shows how much our families, schools, communities and the general economy depend on this unpaid or low-wage work. Furthermore, it provides an educational opportunity to teach our children about the importance of women’s paid and unpaid contributions to our economy and solidarity with our larger community.
“We invite community members to stand with us in solidarity in a number of ways. Women are encouraged to take the day off from both paid and unpaid labor and all community members are encouraged to wear red and avoid shopping (with the exception of women and minority-owned businesses). We hope that you will join us and many other schools across the US from New York, to North Carolina to right here in the Bay Area in this day of action and solidarity.”