CHICAGO — A star on "Chicago Fire" is trying to push for unity by inviting Donald Trump supporters to speak with her this week. And she just released the time and place.
Monica Raymund, an actress and advocate for minorities, has protested and spoken out against racism in the wake of Trump's election win. But in a series of tweets on Thursday she said she is starting a "Unity Movement" in a Chicago where she'll meet with Republicans and Democrats to help bridge gaps between the groups.
Peaceful Trump supporters will be able to sit with Raymund, who supported Hillary Clinton in the election, and talk so they can unite, she said in a tweet. The meeting "will occur at same corner in Chicago for several days."
On Friday, Raymund said the meeting will be 2-5 p.m. at Wacker and Wabash. Earlier in the week, she said she would continue the meetings for several days at the same location.
"I want to hear EVERYONE out. I'm interested in uniting my country," Raymund wrote Thursday. Later, she added, "President-elect is still working up to articulating how necessary it is to condemn ANY acts of violence, so I will in the mean time."
Raymund's "Chicago Fire" costars shared her tweets about the meetings and one of them, Joe Minoso, said he would join. Christian Stolte, another star of the show, shared Raymund's messages and said she was putting "herself out there ... . Brava."
I'm starting the #UnityMovement right here in Chicago. I invite peaceful trump supporters to sit across from me tmrw and talk. Let's unite— Monica Raymund (@monicaraymund) November 17, 2016
Raymund, who participated in the Chicago Pride Parade, has praised the city's commitment to remaining a "sanctuary city" for immigrants and has posted messages condemning racism and bigotry in the wake of Trump's election. In the days after the election, she posted photos from anti-Trump protests.
"I refuse to normalize hatred and bigotry. I will #ROAR for equality all around. I am loud, brown, queer, Latina, Jewish and FEMALE," Raymund wrote earlier this week.
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