Candlelight Vigil in Verdi Square on Thursday, January 6th; Remembrance of Capitol Riot and ‘Call to Action’

By Carol Tannenhauser

Thursday, January 6th, is the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Capitol Insurrection, when armed demonstrators breached the halls of Congress in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. In remembrance and as a “call to action,” the UWS MoveOn/Indivisible Action Group is holding a “Vigil for Democracy,” at Verdi Square (73rd/Broadway) on Thursday, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, according to a press release.

Several neighborhood faith leaders will be speaking. There will be singing and sharing of feelings and thoughts, ending with a call to action. “We will be socially distanced and with proper masks to keep us all safe – please respect this,” the release said.

The vigil is one of hundreds being planned across the city and country — both by left and right-wing groups. “Rival vigils are being planned on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, both by a right-wing group that insists those charged in the insurrection are political prisoners and liberal organizations marking the date by urging Congress and President Biden to pass federal legislation to protect voting rights,” The Washington Post reported.

Vigil for Democracy – January 6 – 4:30-5:30 pm – Verdi Square (73/Bway) – Masks & Social Distancing

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    1. Carlos says:

      Clicking through the link provided takes one to a Facebook page that has no reference at all to this event and looks like it hasn’t been updated in ages. Could you provide a link to the press release or publish it?

    2. WSR says:

      Link corrected.

    3. Ben David says:

      I will be there! But when will we gather to protest the dangerous, rising crime rates in our neighborhood? When will we gather to protest that the new Manhattan DA basically announced yesterday that robbers and muggers with knives and guns will not go to jail (unless they kill you – that still is a crime for some reason)?

      • Will says:

        Please list examples of daily crime you yourself have personally experienced. “Quality of life” crimes, highly subjective, don’t count.

      • Kevin F says:

        Elections have consequences. I along with a majority of Manhattan voters put Alvin Bragg into office. This is what we voted for – his platform was not secret at all.

    4. John Moody says:

      Interesting the none of the rioters of
      1.6.21 were charged with insurrection.
      All are charged with trespassing.
      I urge all like minded folks to attend
      this vigil.

    5. Tina says:

      When’s the vigil for the summer-long violent riots of 2020 that destroyed so many neighborhoods in cities across the U.S.?

      • David S says:

        We’ll be scheduling one as soon as one of those rioters tries to overthrow the government.

        • What do you think the riots were about if not taking down America? BLM is a self declared marxist organization whose now-scrubbed website stated their goals: the break down of families, rewriting history, taking over education, destruction of businesses and property – we can see the results of those riots today. Parents who complain about their children’s education are declared domestic terrorists. It’s time for New York and other cities across America impacted by the lawlessness that prevailed during those frightening months of 2020 to organize candlelight vigils supported by elected officials speaking out for peace and a call to action.

    6. Good to know there’s a distinct lack of bias here.
      I hope readers realize it was not an insurrection. Calling Jan 6 an insurrection is purely political propaganda. No one has been charged w committing insurrection. And there are people being held in solitary under inhumane conditions. Im neither D nor R. I love my country and i am opposed to unAmerican biased reporting by a media that tends to ignore facts to sway public opinion.

      • my2cents says:

        I’m opposed to un-American activities. Like insurrections.

      • Paul says:

        The goal of the people who broke into the Capitol was to force Congress to reverse the electoral vote.
        That was insurrection, pure and simple.

      • John E. says:

        @ Francine Vale. If you love your country then I would hope you would like to see democracy remain the pillar of this Republic and not destroyed by these violent insurrectionists.

        Are you not ashamed and embarrassed by the actions of these criminals?

        And if you haven’t figured it out; it was these traitors to this country who were “swayed” by the lies of Trump and his fellow enablers.