• Crowd gathers for 'Defend our Democracy' protest

    By: Elsa Gillis

    Updated:

    Dozens rallied Sunday at a protest called “Defend Our Democracy” in Marshall Park in Charlotte.

    "You feel like you're part of it. You feel like you can actually make a difference," protester Gordie Cherry said. 

    The spirited and passionate group protested to send a strong message to the Trump administration.

    "They need to have more transparency," said Kristen Davis, a protester.

    "What is there not to be concerned about?," said Janet Pirie, a protester

    Out of all the issues, the investigation into the administration's potential ties with Russia was mentioned most frequently.

    "I'm concerned about the health care situation," Cherry said. "We're afraid of the erosion of democracy. We're concerned about the treatment of people that have less than what we do. We're obviously majorly concerned about what’s going on with the Russian investigation."

    Rep. Alma Adams said that Congress is working to make sure it's properly investigated.

    "We don't have all of the facts and all of the information. That's what we want. We want to get to the bottom of it,” Adams said. "We'll know exactly what happened, who did what, if anything, everybody might be innocent, we just don't know."

    Don Barnes, a protester, said it's time to get to the bottom of the investigation and move on.

    "Infrastructure, people out of work," Barnes said. "We need to get back to things that matter to a lot of folks, not just on the left, or the folks on the right. All of us."

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