The anniversary vigil of the insurgency in Duluth aims to “bring back democracy”
The vigil was hosted by the Duluth League of Women Voters Duluth, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, Grandmothers for Peace and Veterans for Peace, among others.
The event marks the anniversary of the attack on the United States Capitol which shocked the country.
“What we saw was the lack of faith in the very democracy they proposed to defend,” Reverend Anthony Galloway of St. Mark AME Church said at the vigil.
Reverend Anthony Galloway, pastor of St. Mark AME Church, addresses the crowd on We the People Day of Remembrance and Action at Duluth Town Hall on Thursday, January 6, 2022. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Meg Litts, president of the League of Voters of Duluth, said the vigil was aimed at “bringing back democracy” by creating a sense of solidarity for the community.
The League of Women Voters said the event is an effort to honor the five lives lost on January 6, 2021 and take action to ensure that all voices are heard across Northland in a “peaceful” vigil.
“When incidents like this happen, it is clear that there are people who feel like they are not being heard. And what we are trying to promote is this idea that we are committed to making our voices heard, ”Litts said,“ With our words, with our vote, not with guns and acts of violence. “
Vigil co-host Ann Fryberger said the attack was unforgettable.
“I was so appalled,” Fryberger said.
Fryberger is the chairman of the board of directors of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth. She said she and the church wanted the event to open the eyes of Northland community members and call for unity amid political divisions.
The We the People Remembrance Day and Action Vigil crowd stays together as they brave the freezing temperatures in Duluth on Thursday afternoon, January 6, 2022. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
“Both sides have opinions and things that need to be weighed. But not to the decline of democracy, ”said Fryberger. “I think by opening their minds and hearts to the idea that we can work together, even though we may not have the same goals. We may have different goals, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work together towards what we each want.
Participant Scott Laderman said participating in this vigil is just one step in many ways.
“If we do not run, we risk losing the democratic institutions on which we all rely to guarantee our freedoms and freedoms in this country,” Laderman said.
Sandy Grandmaison of the League of Voters of Duluth greets the crowd at We the People Day of Remembrance and Action on the steps of Duluth Town Hall on Thursday afternoon, January 6, 2022. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Laderman added that he believed solidarity was essential in bringing about change for local and national leaders.
“I think it’s important that we present ourselves so that we can send a message to policymakers, to elected officials that we expect them to do the right thing,” Laderman said. “Together we can force change.”
Duluth’s Vigil was one of 200 events held across the country by the League of Women Voters, including the United States Capitol.
Duluth Town Clerk Chelsea Helmer speaks to the crowd about the importance of a fair election on We the People Day of Remembrance and Action at Duluth Town Hall on Thursday January 6, 2022 . Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram