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GREENFIELD RECORDER, January 11, 2021

Message in wake of Capitol riot

Demonstratorscommon interests: justice, democracy and removal of Trump from office

By MARY BYRNE

Staff Writer

GREENFIELD About two dozen community members gathered on the Greenfield Common on Saturday, as part of an effort to counter white supremacy and call for the removal of President Donald Trump from office.

Messages on the signs at Saturdays two vigilswhich follow the events in Washington D.C. last week, where Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building in protest of the election results included support for the Black Lives Matter movement, calls to remove Trump from office, and general calls for peace and democracy.

The vigils, which were attended by activists from Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolutions peace group, Racial Justice Rising and the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, took place from 10 a.m. to noon. The first was a Racial Justice Rising vigil from 10 to 11 a.m., while the second was a vigil for peace and democracy.

Its all about justice,said Emily Greene, referencing a comment another attendee had made to her that both vigils were, effectively, for the same cause. Its really one continuous vigil where were speaking out against the injustices we see.

Greene, a member of Racial Justice Rising who helped to organize the event Saturday, said although the group regularly holds vigils at the common, Saturdays offered an opportunity for the group to expandits message beyond the Black Lives Matter movement.

We are saying, Trump needs to go now,’” she said. We should never see a Confederate flag in our Capitol again, and it would be nice if we could just never see the flag again.

Greene was referring to images of the Confederate flag inside the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6. She noted it is important for people to recognize what it means for a Black person to see that flag.

A lot of people (I talked to) are really troubled over the division in our country that the election showed,Greene said. (President-elect) Biden won, for sure, but there were 74 million people who voted for Trump.

Greene said those on the common on Saturday didnt only feel strongly about what Trump has done, but what he could do between now and the inauguration on Jan. 20.

Theres all kinds of things he can still do that could be very dangerous for our countr y,she said. Im hoping, somehow, well be able to put some restraint on what he can do.

Thats why many attendees held signs calling for the removal of Trump from office. At least one sign referenced invoking the 25th Amendment, which would require Vice President Mike Pence and a majority of the Cabinet to vote on his removal.

Greene spoke instead of impeachment, explaining that after Trumps remarks that some believe incited the riots last week, and after pressuring the Georgia secretary of state to overturn the election results in a phone call on Jan. 2, the president has absolutely done impeachable offenses.

One of the things that can happen if we dont have the impeachment is he can run again in 2024,she said. Thats not something I want to see happen.

According to the Associated Press, an impeachment by the House and a conviction by the Senate could prevent Trump from running for office again.

Overall, she said, Saturday proved to be a good turnout, for our little town.

I do want to see our town willing to look at the fact that we have our problems here just like anywhere else with racism and white supremacy,she said. I think its top of the list that we as a country need to find some resolution on.

Community members gathered on the Greenfield Common on Saturday to hold vigils calling for the ousting of President Donald Trump and to promote equality, peace and democracy.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/EMILY GREENE

Community members gathered on the Greenfield Common on Saturday to hold vigils calling for the ousting of President Donald Trump and to promote equality, peace and democracy.

STAFF PHOTO/MARY BYRNE

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GREENFIELD
RECORDER
, January 9, 2021

Vigils organized in effort to counter white supremacy, oust president

Staff Report

GREENFIELD Local social justice organizations are organizing vigils on the Greenfield Common this morning, in an effort to counter white supremacy and call for the ousting of President Donald Trump.

We must never again see a Confederate flag in the nations capital,Racial Justice Rising organizer Emily Greene said in a press release, referring to the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. Our Saturday morning vigils have focused on the Black Lives Matter message, but we must directly counter white supremacy, too.

Racial Justice Rising will hold a vigil today as well as on Jan. 16 and Jan. 23, from 10 a.m.

to 11 a.m., according to the release. A second vigil for peace and democracy will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on those dates.

Removing Trump is also necessary because he is clearly out of control, yet has the sole power to launch nuclear weapons,added Pat Hynes, a member of the Traprock Center for Peace & Justice in Greenfield.

Activists from Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolutions peace group, Racial Justice Rising and the Traprock Center for Peace & Justice are inviting community members who wish to get involved to bring a sign or to get one on the common.

Masks and social distancing are required.

People gather on the Greenfield Common as part of a Racial Justice Rising vigil in March 2019. Activists from Racial Justice Rising and two other groups are inviting community members to join in a vigil on the common today to counter white supremacy and call for the ousting of President Donald Trump.

STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE