November 8, 2017 –
A CALL TO IMPEACH!
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
SET FOR ANNIVERSARY OF 2016 ELECTION
On Wednesday, the one year anniversary of the November 8, 2016 presidential election, citizensconcerned with the state of the nation are invited to gather in their downtowns to call for theimpeachment of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. In Amherst, the gathering will be in front of Bank of America from noon to 1 pm.
“As we’ve witnessed the ongoing threats to our democracy by an administration undermining efforts to address a host of issues from climate change to health care to the office of the presidency, theurgency of replacing the president and vice-president could not be more apparent,” said Amherstresident Rob Okun, of Rising Together, an affinity group formed a year ago in the wake of theelection.
While the growing case alleging that Russia and the Trump campaign colluded to help elect theNew York real estate developer with no previous experience in government may end with Trump’sresignation or impeachment, grassroots activists are impatient.
Since the election, a resistance movement has emerged of a size and scope approximating the1960s civil rights and antiwar movements. In the aftermath of the six million people who marchedworldwide to protest the Trump-Pence inauguration last January, citizens across the U.S. havebeen organizing and campaigning on a range of issues including an endangered environment, adiscriminatory immigration system, increasing the minimum wage, and calling for a single payerhealth care system.
“Beginning with the most unqualified crop of cabinet officials, including billionaires who contributedto Trump’s campaign, we’ve seen a White House controlled by corporate interests, extolling racismand bigotry, unwilling to advance gun control, and demeaning women,” said Steven Botkin, anothermember of Rising Together, and organizer of the protest. “Enough is enough!”
Like many of the resistance campaigns that have sprung up in the last year, organizers are usingsocial media to spread the word.
“To our town and villages squares, our city streets, our state capitols, everywhere people gather, we are calling for citizens to gather and say one word, loud and clear,” Okun said, “Impeach.”