UPDATE #2: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. PST – It’s Election Day in the United States! Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the 2016 presidential election. If you’re still mourning — the way we are — get out there to vote today in states like WA, NJ, VA, or NY, get out there today and vote, and then tomorrow evening, join us for the vigil. We have had a tremendous response to this event. As of now there are 100 known regional candlelight vigils being held nationwide. If your local town or city is not listed, lead up your own! Register your event below or just show up and send out some messages to your friends!
UPDATE: Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m PST — Emails have gone out to over 100 regional team leaders who have applied to help lead their local candlelight vigil events in their all across America. We will do our best to continue uploading information here. New individuals who want t0 lead in a vigil in their neighborhood, please register at the bottom of this page.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Progressive advocacy group Bros4America is announcing “A Candlelight Vigil for the 66 Million,” a nationwide candlelight vigil being held on November 8, 2017, to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the 2016 American presidential election. At 7pm local time, organizers of the event are asking that Americans who are concerned about the state of their democracy gather at their local town halls or municipal buildings.
Not for a rally or a march. The group says its aim is to send a message to the world and to the current administration that the will of the electorate was not reflected in the outcome of the election, and the subsequent near-daily turmoil wrought by the Trump Administration is not sanctioned by the American people.
“If we do nothing, if we pretend that what we are seeing is business as usual, then democracy dies,” said Alex Mohajer, the group’s co-founder. “What we allow we encourage. We will NOT forget, we will not shut up.”
Election day is usually one full of energy and brimming with the potential of a new government. It is a time to make tough and often dynamic decisions. But for many Americans, especially for those 66 million who cast their votes for Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential election, the day has become synonymous with a day of grieving. For only the fifth time in American history, the popular vote winner would go on to lose the electoral college. Indeed, despite having secured a massive 3,000,000 more votes nationally than her opponent, Clinton would lose the electoral college by a painfully razor thin 79,000 votes in three states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
And despite what seems like a consistent media tendency to silence Mrs. Clinton or groan at suggestions that interference affected the outcome of the election, progressive advocacy group Bros4America decided that they simply can’t- and won’t- shut up about it.
So, they teamed up with the massively popular Hillary’s Resistance club on Facebook
“Nearly a year later, and there are still almost-daily revelations about the depth, scope, and impact that Russian interventionism had on the election outcome,” Mohajer said. Rectifying what he calls ‘the wrongs of 2016’ are at the forefront of his organization’s platform. “But-for the use of Wikileaks by a foreign hostile power to influence our election, but-for Comey’s unacceptable obstructionism, but-for the voter suppression laws that suppressed hundreds of thousands of votes in states like Wisconsin, but-for the voter ID laws, but for Russian cyber-intelligence efforts, and advertising purchased on Facebook…we would have a President Hillary Clinton today, rather than this aberration.”
Patricia Mathews Ray is one of the attendees. She will be leading the candlelight vigil in Weatherford, Texas where she anticipates she will be the only attendee. “I will likely be alone in my county. Approximately 82% of voters chose Trump, as the local paper proudly reported the day after the election.”
But Ray will be at the vigil anyway, because it’s the right thing to do. And she will not be alone: Over 100 local events have been registered nationwide
Last years presidential election was one of the “most consequential affronts to our democracy maybe ever,” said Nelson Melegrito, co-founder of the original Bros4Hillary. Groups like the Electoral Integrity Project have found that the United States ranks last among all western democracies in elections integrity.
Parties interested in attending can RSVP to the event “Candlelight Vigil for the 66 Million” on Facebook.
BECOME A REGIONAL ORGANIZER/PARTNER FOR THIS EVENT
Individuals interested in heading up local efforts for the candlelight vigil or becoming regional or local organizers are encouraged to contact Bros4America.
Or help us raise the overhead costs to make this event possible!
Bros4America is 100% volunteer-driven and all proceeds help us fight for social issues and progressive causes. Any amount helps!