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Local vigil for Democracy held in wake of Russia summit

People from all across the country, including some in the Mohawk Valley are holding vigils for democracy.

Posted: Jul. 18, 2018 11:53 PM
Updated: Jul. 19, 2018 2:18 PM

NEW HARFTORD, NY-- People from all across the country, including some in the Mohawk Valley, are holding vigils for democracy.

Two local groups, Indivisible Mohawk Valley and the Central New York Citizen Action, stood outside of Rep. Claudia Tenney's office in New Hartford Wednesday night, to share their concerns over the direction the country is going in.

The demonstration was held in the wake of President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The "Confront Corruption and Demand Democracy" vigils began at sundown where demonstrators held signs stating "Congress must choose Trump or America," and "Traitor Trump."

Jen DeWeerth, an organizer of the event, said the event was held in part of because of Trump's failure to confront Putin over Russia 2016 U.S. election meddling.

But that the message of the event was to give people hope.

"It is possible to restore democracy in this country, but it means that all of us need to get engaged," she said. "We need to lift up our voices, we need to stand together and we need to become involved by voting."

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