Walt Disney World employee unions, community members, faith leaders, immigrant organizations, students and others are planning a protest outside the gates of the theme park resort Tuesday afternoon seeking to urge Walt Disney Co. Chairman Bob Iger to step down from President Donald Trump‘s Strategic and Policy Forum.

The organizers, who include Disney’s UNITE HERE union Locals 737 and 362 and Organize Florida, will be announcing the presentation of a petition with more than 300,000 signatures calling for Iger to step away from the White House and renounce immigration policies announced by Trump, said Local 737 President Jeremy Cruz-Haicken.

The groups are part of a national campaign targeting the policy forum members.

“This is an initial step in asking, along with the community, for Iger to do the right thing for the values of cast members, the values of the community and the values of the company,” Cruz-Haicken said.

At a rally and press conference set for 4:30 p.m. at the Apopka-Vineland Road (State Road 535) and Hotel Plaza Boulevard, he’ll be joined by Rasha Mubarak, CAIR-Flordia; Angie McKinnon, UNITE HERE; Ahtziry Barrera, Fuerza Inmigrante; Anamaria Romero, Organize Florida, Orlando community members, faith leaders, and farmworkers, according to organizers.

 

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