Organizers across the country, including in Chattanooga, are planning events and protests during this week’s congressional recess.

Thousands of people signed a petitionasking U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, to host town hall meetings during the recess, but he will be out of the country.

“As part of his role as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Corkeris scheduled to be overseas on official business during the Presidents Day recess,” Corker’s spokeswoman said via email.


A spokeswoman for Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said that he meets several times a week in his office with constituents to discuss issues.

“His staff also regularly meets with constituents and hears directly from Tennesseans about their concerns and interests,” she also said. “As chairman of the Senate healthcommittee, he has held roundtables with insurance company CEOsand state insurance commissioners to learn how best to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

Spokespeople for U.S. Rep. ChuckFleischmann, R-Tennessee, didn’t immediately respond to requests for information about his plans during recess.

Local organizations are hosting rallies tonight to get messages to legislators and protest decisions such as recent Cabinetappointees.

As part of the effort, there are two overlapping events scheduled for this evening in Miller Park.

Recess Coalitionfor Chattanooga is hosting a rally from 5 to 7 p.m. The organization is an initiative by multiple groupsto call on elected representatives to “stop ignoring their voters and to startaddressing the issues voters care about,” according to a news release.

Another event, organized by Chattanooga Light Brigade, is slated for Miller Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m.Chattanooga Light Brigade will be projecting a message to Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office at the event.

The New York Times reported that protests and rallies against Republican leadership have become routine since President Donald Trump was elected, and Chattanooga is seeing some of that action.

Locals participated in the Women’s March on Chattanooga last month, and teachers opposed the nomination of Betsy DeVos, who has recently been confirmed as education secretary.

Organizers behind the march have announced they will hold a strike March 8.

Click here for an article about other events happening across the country during the recess.

Updated @ 6:30 p.m. on 2/20/17 to add more information as it became available.