September 6, 2019
Inspired by #HongKongWay on August 23, 2019, and #BalticWay 30 years prior, San Francisco gathered in a Vigil for Democracy
America is in year four of a lawless kleptocracy. Illegitimate president Donald John Trump has been allowed to degrade our democratic institutions, torture immigrants, and put U.S. national security at risk. Trump's catalog of high crimes and misdemeanors is vast. Articles of impeachment should have included daily violations of the Constitution's Emoluments clause, over ten counts of obstruction of justice as recounted in the Mueller Report, illegal use of campaign funds via payments to Stormy Daniels and others, racist and misogynistic abuse of power, incitement of violence, human rights violations at the border, and finally, treasonous deference to Putin's policies. We are watching our democracy die and can wait no longer. Impeachment alone will not provide the remedies we need - we need Trump removed, and our government cleaned up top to bottom. Trump's enablers are not simple crooks - they are in it to establish a White Christian theocracy in America. Nearly 200 Federal judges have been nominated by Trump and confirmed by the GOP senate, and while they are mostly white and male, ALL of them are extremist conservative Christians. This is bad news for a diverse America for the next century! History shows us that reclaiming power requires sustained peaceful protests. We have many examples worldwide to inspire us: Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, and most recently, Russia, Lebanon and Chile. America must rise up, too!