BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A peaceful rally was held at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common Wednesday afternoon. With signs that read “Don’t let Trump steal the election” and “NO COUP. Protect Democracy,” hundreds demanded every vote be counted.
“Voters decide the winner of an election, not presidents,” Carol Rose, executive director of ACLU Massachusetts, said.
Rose said it’s not just about democracy, it’s about discrimination because most voters of color chose to vote by mail.
“That means that if President Trump succeeds in halting this count, America will effectively be disenfranchising voters of color at a level not seen Jim Crow,” Rose said.
Boston activist Monica Cannon-Grant urged the crowd to show up for local politics because she said that is where real change happens.
“You ever wonder what a Civil Rights movement looked like? Welcome, you’re here now,” Cannon-Grant said.
Tanisha Sullivan, president of the NAACP Boston, said it is not a partisan issue.
“This is not about Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green Party or whatever, or no party. This is about our American democracy. That is what’s at stake here,” Sullivan said.
Sen. Ed Markey was also at the rally. He said that President Donald Trump knows he is outnumbered and he is scared.
“There are no votes being cast right now. The votes are being counted,” Sen. Markey said. “That is what Donald Trump is afraid of.”
Organizers said they’ll take the fight to the legislature, the courts, and the streets to prevent a coup and preserve our democracy.
“We don’t care how long it takes,” Sen. Markey said.
WBZ NewsRadio's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports