[Update: Trip Cancelled] Activists To Protest Mike Pence Appearance In Beverly Hills On Thursday
Update [4:30 p.m.] Vice President Mike Pence's trip to California has been cancelled, reportedly because of hurricane recovery efforts. It's not yet known whether the fundraiser will go on without him, and if there will still be a rally.
On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence will be in Beverly Hills for a high-dollar cocktail party fundraiser, and a welcome committee of sorts is getting ready to greet him. Activists are planning to protest outside the event, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton. The event is a fundraiser with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) for California Victory 2018.
California Victory 2018 is a joint fundraising committee that benefits Pence’s and McCarthy’s political action committees, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the congressional campaign accounts of a number of local Republicans, according to the L.A. Times.
The Times reports that tickets for the Thursday night cocktail party start at $2,700 and go up to $100,000. The Beverly Hilton also serves as the home of the Golden Globes, along with numerous other high-profile Hollywood events.
"They're going to face our families," Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles executive director Angelica Salas said during a DACA rally last week, speaking about CHIRLA's plans to protest outside of the fundraiser.
A local branch of Indivisible will be leading the rally outside of the Beverly Hills fundraiser. Just over two thousand people have already expressed interest in attending on the Facebook page.
"While Pence is there pandering to the 1%, We, the People will be outside engaging in Democracy," West Valley Resistance said in a statement. "We, the People, who represent America, will be calling Pence and the GOP to task to represent all Americans no matter race, color, creed, or sexual orientation. The message of the rally focuses on the point that our Democracy should not be for sale." Voter registration will also be taking place at the rally, along with counter-fundraising to benefit organizations such as Swing Left, Planned Parenthood, CHIRLA, Black Lives Matter, and the LGBT Center. People are being urged to donate in Pence's name.
The rally will begin at 5 p.m. at the fountain across the street from the Beverly Hilton at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard.