Pictures of protesters at the Americans First, Task Force meeting, plus video of organizer

On Thursday, April 6, the Americans First, Task Force, held another event in Aberdeen revolving around the whole refugee issue. The speaker at this event was Clare Lopez of the Center for Security Policy. I will have a blog post up shortly with video I shot of her presentation. But for this post I want to focus on the protesters outside the event.

Up first is this video of a short interview with Briggs Tople. Tople is the Chair of the Aberdeen High School Democrats and spearheaded this protest effort. The video below allows Tople to explain in his own words why he felt this protest was necessary:

I think Tople should be commended for organizing this protest. Even people who do not agree with Tople should acknowledge that this young man is proactively doing something about an issue which resonates deeply.

I didn’t get a chance to get video interviews with other protesters; mostly because I wanted to get into the event and pick a good spot to record the meeting (it was a packed house). Over at Dakota Free Press there are a few videos of what other protesters had to say. I was able to get a few pictures of the protesters before the meeting started. Here are a few of those pictures:

Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.
Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.
Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.
Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.
Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.
Protesters of the Americans First, Task Force, meeting in Aberdeen. Photo by Ken Santema 4/6/17.

Up next I’ll have the video footage I shot from within the event.