Members of the Stonewall Democratic Club are joining gatherings across the nation for a candlelight vigil demanding justice for treason on the anniversary of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The Event is taking place at Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial, located on Santa Monica Boulevard, at Holloway Drive, from 5:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. The event is being billed as “a mass mobilization against tyranny.”
Speakers will include West Hollywood Mayor Pro-Tem Sepi Shyne, Councilmembers John Erickson, John D’Amico, Lindsey Horvath, Stonewall President Alex Mohajer, and others.
“Most of us believe that people who betray our nation and endanger our lives have no business governing in our name,” reads a statement on the event’s page. “About a year ago, a faction of elected officials turned their backs on America and incited armed right-wing militants to attack our Capitol. Now they are trying to cover up their role in this violence and block an investigation into their involvement.
This was a violent and deadly attack on all Americans – on our country, our democracy, and our freedom as voters, to choose the leaders that represent us so that we have a government of, by, and for the people.
Mounting evidence shows that some elected leaders aided in the planning of this attack. These same lawmakers are continuing to spread daily lies about the validity of the 2020 election to keep their supporters engaged and enraged, which has led to death threats and violence against public officials. And they refuse to allow passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, legislation that would restore and strengthen parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”
The City of West Hollywood flew its flags at half staff at all facilities in honor of United States Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, following the January 6 attacks.
Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknic died from injuries he sustained during the rioting of the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
US Capitol Police officer, Howard Liebengood died by suicide on Saturday, January 9, 2020, his family announced. According to a family lawyer, Liebengood had been at the Capitol during the insurrection by Trump supporters.
The riot at the Capitol began after President Donald Trump spoke at a rally near the White House. He spoke against the certification of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States while Congress was voting to certify the electoral votes. Trump told his supporters the election was rigged and told the crowd to “stop the steal.”
Four other people died during the attack on the Capitol. Among them was Ashli Babbitt, 35, an Air Force veteran from San Diego, California. She was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer as she tried to break through a broken window leading to the Speaker’s Lobby inside the Capitol.
The candlelight vigil is a grassroots, volunteer-organized event. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to bring a sign and/or flameless candle.