- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Stunned by the election of Donald Trump as president, D.C.-area residents organized a series of events Wednesdayaimed at providing an outlet for voters to mourn, reflect and organize.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lafayette Park outside the White House, meanwhile a “solidarity hug-in” was set for 6 p.m. in Dupont Circle.

“Donald Trump won this election and white votes by stoking racism and fear of people of color and immigrants,” reads a Facebook announcement for the vigil, which is being backed by Move On.org, Working Families, the Advancement Project and others. “Those of us in immigrant, refugee, and Muslim communities are threatened. We reject and are prepared to resist attacks on all of our communities — and we commit to care for, look out for, and stand with one another. An attack on any of us is an attack on all of us.”

D.C. voters overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton, with only 4 percent voting for Mr. Trump.

Groups spreading word about the demonstration pledged solidarity, and promised to stay motivated to fight against the bigotry they associate with the president-elect’s campaign.

“Today has been a day of mourning for many of us as his toxic blend of bigotry, racism, sexism and xenophobia pose a very real threat to communities across the country and world. But we will not be defeated,” read a message from Working Families advertising the vigil. “All across the nation, people are gathering tonight to affirm to ourselves and one another that despite the outcome of this election, we will not give up.”

A Facebook page for the “hug-in” promised no speeches or agenda, rather a space for compassion.

“As an attempt to overcome the politics of hate and fear, let’s all get together and hug,” the event page reads.

Separately, Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington opened its doors Wednesday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. so people could gather for “peaceful reflection.”

“We recognize that people are expressing a need to come together, peacefully, when we are a house divided,” states an advertisement for the event. “As a national monument, where Lincoln came to deal with epic division and chaos in our country, we are committed to providing a secular place of reflection and serving as your beacon of hope.”

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