“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.”
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.
For those who voted, how long did you wait? Where did you vote? What time did you get there? Any special treats at your polling station? Ed. Note: My polling station had water and candy. I waited about 30 minutes all told. My polling station is Murch – which got moved to the church across the street.
Chelsey Christensen reports around 8:45am:
“The line OUTSIDE…and now INSIDE at my polling place in Columbia Heights.”
“Thank you for sharing. Please remain patient. We are all excited to see DC residents coming out to vote!” (more…)
“Advisory Referendum on the State of New Columbia Admission Act Resolution of 2016”
“The referendum was designed to ask voters if they wanted to split the nation’s capital into a new state for residents and a federal district for the government buildings and monuments. The proposal would also provide for the new state to be called New Columbia and allow voters to approve of the new constitution and boundaries. This referendum question was put on the ballot as an advisory question and was not designed to have any legally binding effect.”
“On November 4th, 2016, a community came together in downtown Washington, DC, to dance, in pantsuits, in celebration of the first woman candidate for president, Hillary Clinton, and all that she represents.”