Munich residents join in reflection of the activities of the past two years and the impact of the historic “blue wave” midterm election
MUNICH — MunichNOW News — On Friday, November 9, 2018, both Americans and non-Americans are invited to participate in a candlelight vigil to send a message of hope and unity to the local and international community: “we will continue to resist the current administration; our weapon is our vote.”
The vigil will take place at the U.S.Consulate from 17:00 to 18:15. This is a moment for Americans to come together to give thanks for the Blue Wave election, celebrate the millions of Americans who have gotten involved in our democracy, and reflect on the difficulties of the last two years.
The vigil will begin with a moment of silence to reflect on the tragic events of the past few
weeks including: the 15 pipe bombs sent to former Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Cabinet
officials, prominent Americans and the media, the 2 African-Americans murdered in
Kentucky, and the 11 Jewish citizens recently assassinated at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Sadly, these acts are on the rise in the U.S. According to a report by CBS news, hate crimes in 2016 had increased by 11.7% compared to 2014 levels. Additionally, according to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-semitic acts rose by 57% just since 2017.
Speakers will address the Republican Party’s attempts to undermine democracy through voter suppression methods aimed at people of color. Despite these obstacles, record number of people voted have already pre-voted midterm elections — a trend that is expected to continue through Election Day. The vigil will also celebrate the record number of women and people of color who have run for office this year. According to CNN, there are 394 women running for the House and 56 in governor’s races (including third-party candidates), as of May 23. We will use the success of the election as motivation to ensure/motivate the audience that divisions occurring in the United States can be overcome.
According to Mary Beth Jowers, Interim Chair of Democrats Abroad Munich: “The last two
years have been a trying time for our country. Our faith in our institutions, our Constitution
and each other have been tested. But the millions who have held our government accountable shows our nation is strong. We have been tested, but with a new Congress we hope to find a new respect for each other and a return to good governance.”
The vigil will begin at 17:00 in front of Prinz-Carl-Palais on Von-der-Tann Straße (across the
street from the U.S. Consulate). The event will end at 18:15, with attendees then going to
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