Every vote counted! Photos and news coverage of our local events the past week
Many of us were working on campaigns, online actions, phone calls to voters and post cards to voters for the past few months. Despite election exhaustion we didn’t stop on election day.
This past week we were busy preparing for, promoting and taking part in a few local events. We celebrated victories – including the biggest prize – and we vowed to continue to fight when defeated. We prepared for challenges to votes as part of a nationwide movement which, on Saturday, morphed into celebration.
OVERPASS LIGHT BRIGADE, SATURDAY 11/7:
Laurie Veninger is a leader of Invisible Mass Coalition, Indivisible Outer Cape and a on Cape Cod Women for Change’s leadership team. Saturday evening she and her crew were spotted on the exit 10 overpass taking an Overpass Light Brigade – they rearranged the letters from “Count All Votes” to “Votes Count”. We may see more of these actions in the coming months, stay tuned.
ROLLING RALLY BECOMES CELEBRATION CARAVAN, SATURDAY 11/7:
Our rolling “Protect the Results” caravan on Saturday afternoon became a celebration with more than 40 cars, and as we were preparing to gather, the election was finally called for Biden. Thanks to Lou Ceronne’s leadership and a team of people from many local groups (including us) for putting this together and promoting it. From the Cape Cod Times:
In South Dennis, what was initially planned to be a “Count Every Vote” caravan took on a more festive focus when national TV networks announced that Biden had defeated Trump. About 50 cars convened in the parking lot of Nathaniel H. Wixon School. With horns honking, cars plastered with flags and signs traveled from the school onto Route 6 and did a loop around the Cape Cod Community College campus in West Barnstable before returning to Dennis.
After a nail-biting week of waiting to see who won the presidency, Laurie Veninger, of North Truro, a local chapter leader of Indivisible, thought “enough is enough” and decided to turn the TV off. Soon after, her phone started blowing up with messages and texts with the news.
By the time Veninger arrived to help lead the caravan, she hadn’t even had time to talk to her friends about the development. On her way there, she saw one woman in front of a package store waving an American flag in excitement.
However, there is “no time to rest,” Veninger said. There are still Senate races that need to be won and a lot of work to undo what Trump has done, she said.Biden supporters on Cape Cod celebrate end of ‘very long four years’ Cape Cod Times, November 7, 2020 – 7:39 PM
Count the Vote Rally, WEDNESDAY 11/4:
Despite the national organization calling a halt because things were still up in the air- many rallies across the country went forward, including ours. We believed the message was so important as we awaited vote counts and watched Trump’s threats out of the corner of our eye. From WCAI:
Participants held signs that read, “Defend democracy,” and, “Count every vote.” A musician led others in singing the song “This Little Light of Mine,” with customized verses such as, “Constitutional democracy, we’re gonna let it shine.”
A national organizing effort called Protect the Results had planned to activate hundreds of rallies across the country, depending on Trump’s reaction to the election returns. It decided not to activate demonstrations on the national level on Wednesday, but some communities held their own rallies on the theme “Count Every Vote.”‘Count Every Vote’ Rallies Held in Falmouth, Hyannis CAI -Local NPR for the Cape, Coast & Islands 11/4
PHOTOS FROM THE RALLY:
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO TOOK PART, AND ALL OF YOU WHO CONTINUE TO CHEER US ON! THERE WILL BE MUCH MORE TO DO IN THE COMING DAYS! STAY TUNED.
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