On January 6th, 2023, the League of Women Voters Newport County (LWVNC) will hold a Candlelight Vigil from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in Washington Square to commemorate the events that occurred on January 6, 2021. The vigil, titled “Lest We Forget: Votes not Violence,” is being held to stand as a reminder that the voting process in Rhode Island and other states in 2020 and 2022 was safe, secure, and representative of the will of the people.

The vigil will feature singers, speakers, and poets who will help attendees recall the events of January 6, 2021, when a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to disrupt the certification of the 2020 presidential election.

The LWVNC tells What’sUpNewp that they have invited members of the state executive branch, city and town councils, and federal representatives and senators to join them at the vigil. So far, Secretary of State Elect Amore and several Newport County state representatives have confirmed their attendance, as well as Mayor Xay.

The LWVNC believes that it is the civic responsibility of all Americans to ensure that such a violent attack on democracy never occurs again. They encourage attendees to join them in remembering the importance of peaceful and fair elections, and to reaffirm their commitment to the principle of “Votes not Violence.”

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The League of Women Voters of Newport County, RI, is holding a candlelight vigil from 4:30-5:30 pm, on Friday, January 6th, in Newport’s Washington Square. Despite the false narrative that caused the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, we want this vigil to stand as a reminder that the voting in Rhode Island—as well as other states—in 2020 and 2022, was safe, secure, and indeed represented the will of the people. The country came under attack two years ago, casting doubt on the sanctity of voting in this country. This non-partisan vigil will be a reminder that Votes not Violence is the way for Americans to be heard and is the cornerstone on which the Constitution was founded. All Americans have a civic responsibility for making sure this never happens again. We invite all citizens interested in preserving democracy to join the vigil in Newport’s historic Washington Square, just yards from Colony House, where the Declaration of Independence was read in 1776. Rhode Island Secretary of State elect Greg Amore will attend, plus singers, speakers, and poets helping us recall the events of January 6th, lest we forget. For more information: LWVnewportcounty@gmail.com.