Public Citizen, Common Cause, Move On, March for Truth & other orgs are urging sundown vigils on July 18th, to defend democracy.
On Monday, in what could turn out to be a turning point in his presidency, Donald Trump made it clear to the world that he values his special relationship with Vladimir Putin over his allegiance to America.
This was not the first, but was certainly the most brazen display of openly treasonous behavior to date from Trump. His very public embrace of the regime that attacked our democracy in 2016 is bad enough. But the corruption runs much deeper…and broader than just Trump. Using public office for profit, using tax payer money to fund lavish vacations, helping friends in the private prison industry profit off of imprisoned immigrant children…
The corruption runs deep. And it threatens our very democracy.
This is why a variety of resistance organizations have prompted local activists to organize vigils this coming Wednesday, July 18th at sundown.
From the Confront Corruption, Demand Democracy website:
We confront corruption in this moment not to restore old status quos that failed us before now, but to demand a new democracy that truly reflects, responds to, and represents all Americans.
Recent self-dealing, conflicts of interest, and attacks on the rule of law have dragged our country to a new low, but the roots of today’s corruption extend well beyond any one President or Congress.
The groups’ demands:
- Our democracy must ensure the freedom to vote and have that vote counted
- Our democracy must be honest
- Our democracy must have meaningful participation
- Our democracy must provide transparency into our government and our elections
- Our democracy must be responsive
To find your local vigil and participate, click here.
Portland Prepares a Local Vigil
Along with communities across the country, Portland has organized a vigil to occur beginning at 8:45 at the Hollywood Transit Center. People may remember this site as the location where a white supremacist stabbed three MAX train passengers last year.
On Wednesday, Portlanders and their neighbors will converge on this same spot in a peaceful sign of defiance against the rampant corruption that plagues our politics. Participants are encouraged to bring a candle, a sign, and a desire for change.
I’ll be there. Please come if you can. DETAILS HERE. Please go to the site, RSVP, and read the event overview.