Political action groups held a “Good Trouble” candlelight vigil last weekend in Corte Madera Town Park and Marinscope Community Newspapers was there to chronicle the event. The weather cooperated as scores of people honored the legacy of John Lewis, a civil rights icon and congressman from Georgia who died last year.
Hosting the event were Democracy Action Marin, Indivisible Marin and Indivisible Sausalito.
The night marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of Rep. Lewis and celebrated Lewis’ extraordinary legacy. One of the aims of the gathering was to build support to call on Congress to pass a suite of bills, including the For the People Act (S1), the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and the DC State Admission Act.
Susan Bolle of Sausalito told the gathering that democracy is “under assault” by Republican-led state legislatures across the country “to suppress the right to vote and to subvert fair and free elections.”
She warned those gathered that “Without the passage federal voting rights legislation in the next couple of months, the very tenants of our democracy are in danger.”
She added: “We, as individuals, have the power to prevent this outcome by taking action to help Senate Democrats pass the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the DC Statehood Act. There are many ways to take action here in Marin with local advocacy groups such as the vigil co-hosts: Democracy Action Marin, Indivisible Marin and Indivisible Sausalito. We organize a broad range of actions by concerned citizens, such as voter outreach via phone banking, texting and writing postcards. We also coordinate advocacy efforts with our elected officials. We hope that every member of the Marin community who is concerned with the state of our democracy to get involved.”