Peaceful Reflection at President Lincoln’s Cottage, Dupont Circle Solidarity Hug-In and Candlelight Vigil in Front of the White House

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From an email:

“We recognize that people are expressing a need to come together, peacefully, when we are a House Divided. As a National Monument, where Lincoln came to deal with epic division and chaos in our country, we are committed to providing a secular place of reflection and serving as your beacon of hope.

Our lights are on for you. All of you.

President Lincoln’s Cottage will be open today from 3:30-7:30 PM for a time of peaceful reflection. The event is free, come-as-you-are, open to friends, families, everyone.”

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Dupont Circle Solidarity Hug-In
Today at 6:15 PM – 6:45 PM
Dupont Circle Fountain

As an attempt to overcome the politics of hate and fear, let’s all get together and hug. If enough people show up, we’ll hold hands and sing, “This land is my land.” With some radical acceptance and love, maybe we can start understanding one another better and work together for a better world. I know a lot of us are feeling alone and distraught. This is a simple way for us to remind ourselves that we are still here and we are still capable of love and hope. When you arrive, turn on the flashlight on your phone on so we know you’re there with us.

Can’t make it? Take a photo of yourself hugging someone and tag it #hugyourneighbor.

Invite your friends but please be mindful this is to be a SAFE SPACE. A brief gathering to muster a lot of love and compassion. No speeches, no agenda, just love your neighbor.

See you there.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Paul Sirajuddin

A reader passes on:

Candlelight Vigil: DC Stands Together
Today at 5 PM – 9 PM
The White House

Donald Trump was declared the winner. Fear. Dread. Numbness. Anger. Sadness. We are in mourning.

Tonight, we welcome our family, friends and neighbors for a candlelight vigil in front of the White House. We need each other now more than ever.

Please bring candles.

This morning we woke up fearing for the future of our country. There is a long path to healing and caring for each other. Donald Trump won this election and white votes by stoking racism and fear of people of color and immigrants. Donald Trump used an age-old lie that we blame each other for our economic insecurity, instead of the ruling class and political establishment.

We protest and participate because we believe in each other, our collective power and the belief that we can create a community and economy for all of us. Let’s come together to stand as a community united against a future based on hatred, racism, sexism or bigotry.

Those of us in immigrant, refugee, and Muslim communities are threatened. We reject and are prepared to resist attacks on all of our communities—and we commit to care for, look out for, and stand with one another. An attack on any of us is an attack on all of us. Tonight, we will join hands, share our reactions, pledge our mutual solidarity, and resolve to forge ahead together in this moment of peril. We have experienced setbacks before, and we have always come back. Our movements are resilient and unstoppable.”

14 Comment

  • out of curiosity, has there ever been a candlelight vigil at the white house the day after an election due to the outcome of the election?

  • RIdiculous. Painting this as some sort of a calamity. Life will go on. I’ve never seen such drama-filled antics. Move on, regroup, try again in 2-4 years. I guess I don’t get it.

    • maxwell smart

      Seriously? The country is now in the hands of a xenophobic, racist, masochistic buffoon who has the potential to dismantle 50+ years of civil and human rights advancement, advance the destruction of the climate and place the safety of the entire country in peril. Sure, life will go on… but what exactly that life will be is scary to imagine.

      • i really don’t think any of that will happen. Potential actual reality.

        • maxwell smart

          Who is going to stop him?

        • We know the goals: repeal ACA, reverse Roe v. Wade, reverse Obergefell v. Hodges. The GOP has both houses of Congress and we’re down a Supreme Court justice with a likelihood of needing another replaced in the next four years. Evangelical Christians went more than 80% for Trump on the basis of those Court goals, and there’s a Senate majority in favour of that direction.

          I have friends whose marriages could be invalidated in the next few years. That is a big deal. You’re lucky that you don’t have to see it. I’m lucky, as a woman, that I have enough savings to bung off to Canada if necessary should Roe be reversed and awful things happen. That’s something I didn’t need to think about yesterday.

          It’s hard to put back things that have been dismantled. Regrouping NOW for 2 and 4 years away is absolutely necessary. But even two years may be too late to stop some of the possibilities for action. Elections have consequences, good and bad. They fall on some more than others. Count your blessings that you are insulated from the bad this time around.

      • Are you talking about Donald Trump or God?

    • I remember, after W was elected, being horrified and then talking to a friend where we said, “But what could happen? How bad could it really be?” REALLY REALLY bad it turns out; we’re now in a war without end that seems to be bearing “fruit” that we never could’ve dreamed of. Seems even more likely, for all the reasons delineated by Mr. Smart, that this could happen with Trump…although I certainly hope that things aren’t as bad as I’m imagining.

    • Trinidaddy, do you know what it’s like to find out overnight that you are going to lose your Obamacare marketplace health insurance with no idea what, if anything, will replace it? If not, then no, you don’t get it.

      • are you certain you’re losing it?? he is taking it away for certain?

        • That was his campaign promise and it seems like he would want to since its one of Obama’s main achievements. On the other hand one can’t know what he will actually do since he breaks his word all the time. However, Mitch McConnell announced today that the Senate will repeal Obamacare ASAP so yes, there goes my Obamacare insurance.

  • Wow, people need to grow up. Also, Hillary lost because minorities didn’t come out for her, not because of racism.

    • Blithe

      Do you have stats for that? Meanwhile, HuffPost notes that 53% of white women voted for Trump. So maybe Hillary lost because white women didn’t come out for her — and didn’t vote for her when they did. See, the thing is, in a diverse complicated country there are diverse complicated reasons why a particular candidate might win or lose a particular race. There’s also racism.

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