Voices from the sidelines: ordinary people weigh in on impeachment debate

Gregg Reese | 7/6/2017, midnight

Echoing the sentiments of Caroline, WLA resident “Andrea” refused to give her full name, but reluctantly voiced her displeasure with the Chief Executive. These feelings came to a head during the holidays, resulting in a heated Thanksgiving family dinner argument. Andrea’s emotions were strained to the point where she retreated to the seclusion of a guest bedroom to indulge in extended bouts of crying. Eventually she was compelled to solace in the form of the sedative Klonopin, from a prescription that wasn’t her own.

A notable pattern emerging through these conversations was the tendency for those oppositional to Trump refusing to be identified, or merely giving their first names. “Shane,” a student who divides his time between Los Angeles and the Bay Area, offered this possible explanation:

“…people who speak out against Trump have to be concerned about retaliation, not only from authority figures, but also Trump supporters and others who disagree with the president and his actions.”

Sosa, the expatriate filmmaker, noted that Los Angeles Police Department officers took a “pro-active” approach of intervention compared to their counterparts in Berkeley. She speculates the passivity of the Bay Area law enforcement stemmed from lawsuits they incurred from previous protests, where they were more aggressive in engaging demonstrators.

Sosa’s documentary, “Trumphobia” is tentatively scheduled for completion this fall. For more information on this production go to the website at: https://www.facebook.com/TrumphobiaDoc/

“My film wants to promote empathy and compassion for everyone, regardless of political ideology,” she noted.

“This was our intention when we invited them (The Culture of Empathy) down for this event,” she said in closing.