Activists target Trump’s use of military, call for ethics reforms at separate Scranton rallies – News

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On the afternoon of President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, about a dozen critics of the president gathered on the Lackawanna County Courthouse grounds Saturday to denounce his agenda and recent military actions.


Billed as an anti-war, anti-Trump-agenda rally, the small assembly was organized by Joe Biscotto, a Pittston resident who founded the liberal political group Progressive Alternative. It was one of many anti-Trump demonstrations held across the country Saturday, and the second of two rallies held at the courthouse in Scranton. The other, held earlier in the day, advocated for a series of ethics reforms.


At the anti-war rally, Biscotto condemned the president’s recent military actions in Afghanistan and Syria. War, he argued, disproportionately harms the poor.


“I don’t think we should fight another war until Donald Trump’s sons suit up and man up and go and fight,” Biscotto said. “Until the burden can be shared by the rich and poor alike, there shouldn’t be any war.”


Iggie Smith, 23, of Clarks Summit, agreed, arguing that corporate interests influence military actions and calling Trump’s use of the military “disgusting to me.”


“Big corporations are pulling the strings on our military and killing our sons and daughters for no reason, because of corporate greed,” Smith said. “It’s something that I’m not going to stand for.”


Earlier Saturday afternoon, Represent NEPA, a local chapter of the national group Represent.Us, and Fair Districts PA also held a sparsely-attended rally at the courthouse. The goal of that rally was to drum up support from local governments to pass resolutions supporting the American Anti-Corruption Act and similar ordinances in Lackawanna County after gaining some traction in Luzerne County, said chapter leader Peter Ouellette, a Pittston resident.


Organizers opened the event by playing “For The Love of Money,” the 1973 funk song by The O’Jays, to underscore the focus.


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