Greenfield vigils organized in effort to counter white supremacy, oust president

  • People gather on the Greenfield Common as part of a Racial Justice Rising vigil in March 2019. Activists from three local groups are inviting community members to join in a vigil on the common Saturday to counter white supremacy and call for the ousting of President Donald Trump. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

Staff Report
Published: 1/8/2021 3:25:24 PM

GREENFIELD — Local social justice organizations are organizing vigils on the Greenfield Common Saturday morning, in an effort to counter white supremacy and call for the ousting of President Donald Trump.

“We must never again see a Confederate flag in the nation’s capital,” Racial Justice Rising organizer Emily Greene said in a press release, referring to the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. “Our Saturday morning vigils have focused on the Black Lives Matter message, but we must directly counter white supremacy, too.”

Racial Justice Rising will hold a vigil on Saturday, as well as on Jan. 16 and Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., according to the release. A second vigil for peace and democracy will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on those dates.

“Removing Trump is also necessary because he is clearly out of control, yet has the sole power to launch nuclear weapons,” added Pat Hynes, a member of the Traprock Center for Peace & Justice in Greenfield.

Activists from Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution’s peace group, Racial Justice Rising and the Traprock Center for Peace & Justice are inviting community members who wish to get involved to bring a sign or to get one on the common.

Masks and social distancing are required.


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