National Strike Comes to Atlantic City, Led by Tour Guide

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With the arrival of President’s Day weekend, people across the country, and right here in South Jersey, are using the observance to make their voices heard.

Just days before the President’s Day holiday, protesters called for Friday to be the first “National Strike Day” against President Donald Trump.

Locally, the Atlantic County Citizen Action Group hosted a walking rally of their own to raise awareness on Trump’s impact on Atlantic City before and now during his presidency.

“The promises that he made to the town haven’t come to fruition, and the prominent marque, the glitz, and glamor is now replaced by decay, and that I think is what they’re trying to hide,” said Levi Fox, a local historian and tour guide.

Atlantic City had a National Strike of their own, as dozens of protesters walked the boardwalk holding signs while learning about the business mogul's impact on the surrounding buildings thanks to a local historian tour guide.

“We talked about the beginnings of legalized gambling in Atlantic City, the first casino being Resorts International,” said Fox. “My goal here today was to make sure that folks who are protesting against Mr. Trump’s policies are knowledgeable and have the facts backing them up.”

No matter which way they voted, Fox explained his goal was to educate those rallying on the history of the resort town and how President Trump is connected locally, as they participate with others across the country in a non-violent protest.

“The strike today is the first national strike and it’s supposed to hit the economy, more than anything,” said Eileen Toland, a member of Atlantic County Citizen’s Action and organized Friday's rally. “You’re not supposed to spend any money today.”

The Atlantic County Citizen’s Action group began at the Taj Mahal and ended around Trump Plaza to make their voices heard.

“We’re rallying to keep the constitution the constitution, and hopefully that the people in Washington actually read it and do something about it,” said Toland.  “We’re all citizens of this country, and we all have a right to talk.­­”

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