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Trump to Get Wall Built Around Him at RNC

Visitors to Cleveland protest Donald Trump's immigration policy. (Pittsburgh City Paper/Ryan Deto)
Visitors to Cleveland protest Donald Trump's immigration policy. (Pittsburgh City Paper/Ryan Deto)
July 20, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. - After delegates failed to block Donald Trump's nomination on the Republican National Convention floor, a coalition of activists plans to build a wall surrounding the Quicken Loans Arena today in Cleveland.

Tania Unzueta, lead organizer for Mijente, said minority groups targeted by Trump won't go quietly as he campaigns to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.

"There's been this constant rhetoric of hatred and division," she said. "You know, this wall is part of the bigger fight for our lives and for expressing the right to exist and to be able to work and live with our families."

The groups plan to construct the 15,000-foot wall from a combination of murals, 4-by-4 panels held by activists and fabric painted by children.

A coalition of delegates was unable to secure a roll-call vote on the convention's opening day to allow delegates to vote their conscience, and on Tuesday Trump became the party's official presidential nominee.

Alli McCracken, national coordinator for Code Pink, said Wall Off Trump demonstrators - who include Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Working Families Party and the Other 98 Percent - want to give Trump a taste of his own medicine and show what it feels like to be alienated and cast out.

"We believe in building bridges, not walls," she said, "but we think that it's really important that we bring this message in a very strong and clear and physically present way to the convention, so that Trump knows we are opposed to his policies and that we stand in solidarity with our immigrant friends."

Unzueta said the wall is going to be beautiful, the best wall you've ever seen. And yes, she added, Mexicanos are going to pay for it - through a crowdfunding campaign that quickly surpassed its goal of $15,000, including support from groups in Mexico.

"We're building a beautiful wall because that's what we need - walls that actually bring people together and not tear communities apart," she said. "I want people to know that my community is beautiful, and that we are organized and that we're resilient."

Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service - OR