Protesters prepare for Trump rally

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (John Minchillo/AP)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — As thousands of Donald Trump’s supporters prepare for the candidate’s rally at the BJCC Saturday morning, protesters are also getting ready for the event.

Carlos Chaverst, the youth coordinator for the local chapter of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, picked up his permit to demonstrate from Birmingham City Hall Friday.

“(Trump’s) message and our message in the City of Birmingham does not line up,” Chaverst said. “We just want him to know, that for the most part, he is not welcome in the City of Birmingham.”

The permit grants demonstrators permission to march, chant and hold posters on the north sidewalk of 9th Avenue North, between 19th and 20th streets from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

Chaverst said he got the permit because he expected members of Trump’s campaign to try to remove demonstrators.

“I didn’t want anything to stop us from being able to exercise our first amendment rights,” Chaverst said.

According to Chaverst, he will be joined by members of Black Lives Matter, the Alabama Citizens for Immigration Justice, and people supporting minimum wage increases.

The Outcast Voters League will also be there.

The group’s president, Frank Matthews, said he takes issue with Trump’s stance on Syrian immigrants.

“We’re worrying about terrorists. What’s his focus with homegrown terrorists?” Matthews said. “Guess how many incidents of mass shootings we’ve had. 290!”

In addition to the permit, Chaverst said he and several other protesters got tickets to the rally.

“It is about being crazy and causing a huge scene,” Chaverst said. “The crazy man is on the inside, so why not be as crazy as he’s being, but in a more positive way, and a more direct way?”

Chaverst said he hopes 200 protesters will show up.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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