RALLY FOR DEMOCRACY
TODAY Wed 11/4, 5pm
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Rally for Democracy is on today for 5pm at Coolidge. Here's what we sent to the local media just now.
Free and fair elections and a peaceful transfer of power are at the heart of a functioning democracy. This election season has seen a flurry of antidemocratic rhetoric, encouragement of voter intimidation, and sustained legal challenges aimed at suppressing mail-in ballots during this unprecedented election season occurring amid a pandemic.
As citizens of a free democracy, a non-partisan coalition of local organizations, spearheaded by Chattanooga Democratic Socialists of America, feel compelled to speak out against any and all attempts to undermine our elections and sow doubt about the integrity of the voting process and the validity of the results. This rally is just one of many “Protect the Results” rallies going on today across the nation, including several in Tennessee.
In particular, we want to emphasize to our community that the official tabulation of the election results has never been completed on the night of the election, and it was premature for President Trump to proclaim victory. This election, more than any other, will require extra time to count mail-in and provisional ballots. Out of respect for everyone’s right to vote, we demand that every vote be counted.
These are our demands:
• All eligible ballots must be counted
• The election results must be respected
• If evidence emerges of election irregularities, impartial investigations need to be launched and remedies quickly and appropriately applied.
• Police and military will respect people's First Amendment rights and also protect those rights from armed individuals and groups who may threaten them.
We will be holding a “Rally for Democracy” Wednesday, November 4th at 5pm in Coolidge Park to join in solidarity to express these demands.
See y'all tonight. Be safe. Stay sane. Zoom party goes on, come hop in.
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