This article by Chris Mays originally appeared April 11 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
BRATTLEBORO — Woody Bernhard invited candlelight vigil attendees to participate in “the peaceful revolution.”
“[The] peaceful revolution is made up of what I like to call positive, nonviolent action for democracy and civil rights for all people,” the Marlboro resident told about 25 people gathered Sunday night at Pliny Park in Brattleboro. “This is a positive action.”
Bernhard helped organize Sunday’s candlelight vigil, which included speeches from several legislators who represent the Windham County area.
Democracy is under threat, Rep. Mike Mrowicki, D-Windham-4, told the crowd.
“Education is getting shortchanged by Washington,” he said. “Democracy can’t exist without education. We need an informed electorate to be able to make good decisions.”
Mrowicki said capitalists have been putting profit before people and country.
A man driving in a car on Main Street began to yell obscenities as Rep. Valerie Stuart, D-Windham-2-1, called Trump “a problem.”
“Stir the pot and,” Stuart said before trailing off and continuing her original thought. “We have a president that’s putting us all in danger. So what I want to say is be active, be involved. Democracy is under fire. Fake news, woo hoo. Let’s all be on it. As a person who went to school for journalism, I think that is one of the biggest problems we face.”
Senate Majority Leader Becca Balint, D-Windham, considers her column in the Reformer “a platform for democracy” that has led to discussions with her neighbors over the last seven years.
“It’s not about my ideas; it’s about all the ideas that people share with me from week to week,” she said. “They share with me their fears, their hopes and their principles.
” … We are facing a very dark time, and it feels like we’re veering precariously close to fascism and it’s very easy to get discouraged. And I know I feel fearful and I feel afraid at times.”
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