Chattanooga Light Brigade sends message after Trump rally at McKenzie Arena
Moments after President Donald Trump delivered a speech to thousands of supporters at McKenzie Arena, Channel 3 spotted a message projected onto the building.
It read “#BLACKLIVESMATTER,” but that wasn't the only message that was displayed on the building Sunday night.
Phrases like, “Fight Climate Change Not Immigration,” “Translives Won’t Be Erased,” and “Medicare for All” were also projected.
The Chattanooga Light Brigade says it was their way of shining light on issues they believe are left in the dark.
The group sent the following statement to Channel 3:
“The Chattanooga Light Brigade is a diverse community group that is run by volunteers and 100% community funded through small donations. We were inspired by the Overpass Light Brigade to start a local group, as were many other cities across the country. We shine light on issues left in the dark. We don’t have billions of dollars like the folks speaking at the UTC arena Sunday night to get our message out, but we do what we can. Our message is one of love and solidarity with the marginalized people currently under attack by this administration.
We want the energy and resources of our country spent on things like universal healthcare, housing for the homeless, feeding the hungry, providing power/heat to those who need it and addressing climate change, not attacking refugees, transgender folks, and supporting the dying fossil fuel industry. Many have suffered and died due to lack of healthcare, homophobia/transphobia, racism, and sexism, not refugees. Those are the enemies we should be fighting.
We hope you enjoyed our little action and it gave those currently under attack a feeling of solidarity.
Love, the Chattanooga Light Brigade”
One of their messages called President Trump a “s***hole president.” The phrase mocks a comment the president reportedly used while describing African nations.
“When the President of the United States is using that kind of language, I don't think there's a lot of room to complain when activists use the same language back,” said UTC Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Government, Dr. Michelle Deardorff.
Deardorff says the Chattanooga Light Brigade’s actions are an example of free speech.
“Because this was done at a public forum, at a public space, at a political context that doesn't violate time, place, and manner, yes, I would say it’s fully protected under the first amendment,” said Deardorff.
Deardorff said it would be different “if this was a fundraiser where people paid money for tickets in order to attend.”
However, she says it is disappointing to witness.
This is not the first time the Chattanooga Light Brigade has done this.
Last month the group projected messages onto the federal building downtown encouraging people to vote. Those messages targeted the president, Marsha Blackburn, Brian Kemp and Congressman Chuck Fleischmann.
Channel 3 reached out to the president's team and Marsha Blackburn’s campaign about Sunday night. We are waiting to hear back.
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