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Protesters seeking to strengthen American democracy
Litchfield.bz (02-06-17)


Julia Boger-Hawkins of Goshen, left, was one of the participants in a protest the the new Democracy Awakens organization held on the Litchfield Green on Sunday. BZ photos

A grass-roots movement formed to promote change in the American democracy got its mission underway with a protest on the Litchfield Green on Sunday.

Democracy Awakens, established by Jean Koeppel of Morris in the wake of Donald Trump winning presidency in November, drew a crowd of more than 100 to the Oliver Wolcott Library for an organizational meeting that was followed by a flag-waving, sign carrying protest on the Green.

The organization is mobilizing to promote change that Koeppel said would strenghten the American democracy to make it the most true democracy in the world. The group seeks changes in the areas of health care, women's rights, the Electoral College, and early voting. During the meeting at the library, groups were formed to discuss issues involved in democracy and come up with potential ways of giving people a greater say in the matters.

The protest on the Green was inspired by President Trump's temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim countries. Many of the participants carried signs critical of Trump and the ban, while others waved flags and acknowledged passing motorists honking their horns in approval. 

Kenise Barnes of Litchfield makes her feelings known.

Jean Koeppel of Morris is the founder of Democracy Awakens.

Betsy Glassman of Litchfield strums her guitar during the protest.

 

The protesters were a colorful sight on a cold day.

Mark Graf of Litchfield

Betsy Glassman leads the protesters in song.

Ed Napier of Litchfield

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