Protest in Moscow to support local immigrants

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Palouse Proactive will rally in Moscow on Saturday to support local immigrants, in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order last Friday banning travel to and from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Palouse Proactive is a group based in the community that aims to educate, communicate with and support the community.

The plan for the rally began on Sunday, after Palouse Proactive was approached by locals who were concerned about the executive order, said Becky Dueben, Palouse Proactive spokesperson.

“We’re expecting several hundred people,” Dueben said, “but we’re hoping for much more.”

Mohamed Salem, a WSU student from Egypt, has been planning to attend the rally after having to cancel a rally on Thursday at WSU.

The Palouse Proactive Facebook page currently has 319 people going and another 440 people interested in the event.

“Our whole mission is peace,” Dueben said. “We are here to stand for immigrants and for all people.”

Palouse Proactive is also teaming up with the Palouse Upstanders, a small Facebook group that opposes bullying and harassment, to plan the rally.

“This is going to be a great opportunity for the Palouse to come together and stand in unity,” Dueben said.

The march will take place from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Moscow’s East City Park.

Reporting by Danny Lochridge