Members of Congress Joined Public to ‘Confront Corruption, Demand Democracy’ at White House Candlelight Vigil. Event Among Nearly 200 Nationwide in the Wake of Trump’s Meeting with Putin, 12 New Indictments in Mueller’s Russia Probe.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hundreds of activists joined members of Congress to hold a vigil outside the White House on Wednesday evening to confront the open corruption of the Trump administration and demand immediate solutions to fix American democracy. The D.C. activists’ vigil was amplified by nearly 200 similar events in 39 states and Puerto Rico attended by thousands of Americans nationwide. Defend Democracy supported the vigils.
Through songs, speeches and a moment of silence to recognize the human cost of corruption on people’s lives, attendees recommitted to protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in American elections and to promoting reforms to strengthen democracy.
President Donald Trump’s public attacks on American intelligence agencies in Helsinki on Monday, which followed the indictments of Russian agents in the Mueller probe, have sparked a new level of outrage among Americans. The never-ending stream of ethics violations by Trump and many of his appointees, allies and family members has generated a regular cry of condemnation by good government groups.
Activists demanded real, significant fixes to get money out of politics, tear down barriers to voting, promote a U.S. Supreme Court that defends the rule of law and fix American ethics laws.
“Make no mistake: Trump’s treason* is not only bad news for democracy in America, but for all liberal democracies that Putin continues to attack,” said Alice Stollmeyer, Executive Director of Defending Democracy. “America is not the only country being attacked by Russia. The Kremlin has been waging a so-called hybrid war against many European countries too. The only way to defend against and deter Russia’s efforts to undermine democracy, is a stronger, transatlantic response. American and European citizens stand united in demanding their governments to defend democracy.”
Organisations that participated in the vigils included: act.tv, Alliance for Democracy, American Constitution Society, American Family Voices, Blue Future + the Youth Progressive Action Catalyst, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, CREDO Action, Daily Kos, Defending Democracy, Democracy 21, Democracy for America, Democracy Spring, End Citizens United, Every Voice, Franciscan Action Network, Greenpeace, Herd on the Hill, Hip Hop Caucus, Lawyers for Good Government, March For Truth, MAYDAY America, MoveOn, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National LGBTQ Task Force, Need to Impeach, Pantsuit Nation, People Demanding Action, People For the American Way, People’s Action, Protect Democracy, Public Citizen, Represent.Us, Revolving Door Project, Stand Up America, The Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, The Loyal Opposition, Tikkun & the Network of Spiritual Progressives, Unitarian Universalist Association, United To Amend, Wolf-PAC.
*Mr Trump is betraying his country by aiding and abetting the Kremlim, which has declared Russia at war with the United States of America and the European Union.
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