Demonstrators took to the streets on Wednesday in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston and other cities in the United States to urge that every vote count when President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden compete in a close presidential contest.
Most of the rallies were organized by the Protect the Results coalition, which attracted hundreds of protesters who gathered with anti-trump signs denouncing white supremacy and fascism and calling for the abolition of the electoral college. Others held up signs and banners saying “Every vote counts, every vote counts” and similar sentiments.
In New York City, the march began at the New York City Library on 42nd Street and walked down Fifth Avenue toward Washington Square Park. In Philadelphia, hundreds of protesters marched from City Hall to Independence Mall with “Black Lives Matter and Count Every Vote” signs. The marches, which called for every vote in the current election to be counted, continued into Wednesday night in several cities, including Annapolis, Maryland, and Durham, North Carolina.
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“The American people will decide who our next president will be, not Donald Trump,” the coalition wrote in an online invitation to the rally in New York.
“While the national Protect the Results coalition is not mobilizing all of its national events today, we are joining a number of cities that are moving forward…. We are mobilizing in New York in solidarity to ensure that every vote is counted and respected in every district across the country.
Guest speakers and community organizers addressed the New York City Library before the march, emphasizing the importance of counting votes after the record turnout of voters in the nation.
“Despite the oppression of the voters, we saw a record turnout,” said one speaker. “And what we see now, as the votes come in, is that the people in this country want to change”.
Great speakers and valued community organizers explained why we are on the streets today before we left. We will not run for a stolen election. The counting process must continue unhindered until every vote is counted! #VoteVote pic.twitter.com/yesm1fxNPz
– Protect the results NYC | #DefendDemocracy (@NYC_PTR) November 4, 2020
“We demand that every vote be counted,” said another speaker in front of the library. “I would also like to look at the counted votes. More than 65 million of our fellow Americans voted for an anti-black, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic and sexist administration that has caused damage in all our communities.
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“This is a message to liberals and progressives: unity is not uniformity. We cannot have two rallies in one, we cannot have multiple messages, and we need to redistribute leadership at this moment,” the speaker continued.
The Philadelphia “Count Every Vote” rally was held in a state that was severely repressed by Republicans and was part of the Trump campaign’s efforts to stop the counting of ballots. Congressmen Dwight Evans and Brendan Boyle of Philadelphia – both Democrats – spoke in the crowd on Wednesday, with Boyle calling Trump a “would-be powerhouse.
“Let me make this absolutely clear,” Boyle said. “We will not let him or anyone else steal this election. Count every vote.”
The rallies are taking place because the Trump campaign is aimed at stopping the counting of votes in key states. On Wednesday, the president filed complaints in Pennsylvania and Michigan to stop counting the votes in the Trump campaign’s latest effort to secure the presidential campaign, while at the same time vowing to request a recount in Wisconsin, which Biden was asked to do earlier today. The announcement of the suits came just before the Associated Press reported Michigan as a victory for Biden.
“President Trump’s campaign has not been given meaningful access to numerous counting sites to observe the opening of the ballots and the counting process as guaranteed by law in Michigan,” Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a press release.
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