Peaceful Protest at U.S. Congressman Reid Ribble’s Appleton Office

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Approximately 60 people protested at Reid Ribble’s Appleton, WI office as part of a “Save the American Dream” national day of action through MoveOn.org. Reid Ribble is a U.S. Congressman representing Wisconsin’s 8th District. Here are some of the pictures from the event. Ann Muenster deserves a special thank you for stepping up and getting everyone organized at the event.

While waiting to go into his office the crowd shouted things like “we want compromise”, “Where is Reid Ribble?”, “Where are the jobs?”, and of course the standard “show me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like”.

Reid Ribble’s office is located at the Radisson Paper Valley, so the protesters had to walk through the hotel lobby to get to his office. At the main entrance we were asked to leave all protest signs by the front door as the hotel management did not want those in the building. Only one person was unhappy about that. Everyone else who had a sign left it at the door and quietly proceeded to Reid Ribble’s office.

While there, the protesters delivered a petition that asked Reid Ribble to agree to “support the Senate’s plan to raise the debt limit and reduce the deficit.”

Reid Ribble was not in his office, so his assistant, Carl Soderberg took the signed petition. He wrote down what everyone said to him. Carl appeared to be the only employee in the office when we were there. The conversation was calm and respectful as everyone waited their turn to speak. In fact, the protesters stopped talking when Carl had to answer the phone.

Retired school teacher, Mary Hoglund was one of the speakers at the protest.

One lady said she believed we should end the oil subsidies because the oil companies are making record profits. One gentleman mentioned that his son lost his job in January and was still unable to find employment. He wanted to know “where are the jobs?”. Concern was expressed that some politicians are thinking about the next election and not governing well. Another person said “they are playing with people’s lives”. One person even asked if Ribble is a member of ALEC. Carl said that he doesn’t know if he is. At that point, a few people asked what is ALEC. One of my favorite lines from the meeting was when someone asked that Reid Ribble not call the rich job creators, call them “rich”.

Reid Ribble has not had any in person town hall meetings and his constituents want a chance to speak with him face to face. He has breakfast and lunch meetings with business people. These events have a fee associated with them. His constituents shouldn’t have to pay a fee to speak openly with him. Ribble has telephone town halls instead of in person meetings. This leaves little room for any real discussion. Many people are still waiting for him to have in person town hall meetings with the people in his district.

People at the meeting are concerned with the way Reid Ribble is being perceived in the community. The activists are concerned the community sees him as representing corporations and special interest groups like the Tea Party.

Every speaker at the meeting was clear, to the point and aware of the issues. For me, the best parts of the event were the number of people that showed up and the fact that everyone acted respectfully and really listened to each other.

The Appleton Post Crescent also covered this story. Their story can be found here.

2 thoughts on “Peaceful Protest at U.S. Congressman Reid Ribble’s Appleton Office

  1. “One gentleman mentioned that his son lost his job in January and was still unable to find employment. He wanted to know “where are the jobs?”

    Does that supposed gentlemen think his son is the only one out of job??? I also have been out of work the jobs are out there yet maybe this gentlemens son is afraid to move, as ND, TX, OK, LA, and other state are having a hard time filling jobs related to the oil industry, maybe his son doesn’t have a skill??? doesn’t want to get his hands dirty, thinks he’s above starting wages with no oil field skills?? Won’t consider changing career even though his may be full. Even myself I’m still picking where I look for work but to say “where are the jobs or there aren’t any jobs is a LIE” I’d first ask “where have you been looking and what skills do you bring to the table. Why won’t you move?? Yet, everyone is to blame as I’ll guarantee that only a few if that can honesty say they wouldn’t or haven’t bought a product that is foreign made as its cheaper than american made , so stop complaining. Currently the unions once again are wasting taxpayer money on what the Wisconsin voters decided on. Where is the outcry on that??? What I want to know is why
    over the last several years do we continue to give Hamas – $351 M,Libya $1.45 B, Egypt – $397 M,Mexico – $622 M, Russia – $380 M, Haiti – $1.4 B, Jordan – $463 M, Kenya – $816 M, Sudan – $870 M,Nigeria – $456 M, Uganda – $451 M, Congo – $359 M, Ethiopia – $981 M, Pakistan – $2 B, South Africa – $566 M, Senegal – $698 M, Mozambique – $404 M, Zambia – $331 M, Kazakhstan – $304 M, Iraq – $1.08 B, Tanzania – $554 M, …with literally Billions of Dollars when that money could have easily gone to unemployed, homeless
    retired seniors, Nor do they get any breaks, while our government and religious organizations will pour Hundreds of Billions Of $$$$$$’s
    and Tons of Food toForeign Countries!
    Shouldn’t we take care of our own first????
    and why is our current administration forcing on on a healtcare system that as of today is now 100% over cost, still isn’t even in force?? and is still being written up??? Sure glad all those who signed have a college degree, dont’ know in what but math and reading apparently weren’t part of it. Or why must I cut back yet congress gets a YEARLY RAISE WITHOUT VOTING ON IT??? whats wrong with that picture, same with obozocare, if it good enought for me what make our congressional leaders think their above it???
    Those are questions I want anwered by Mr. Ribble and congress not just to me but on live TV to all of america.

  2. His office is IN the paper Valley? Aren’t there about a thousand places on College Ave that would be cheaper than that?

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