Letters: A peaceful protest in 2016 (1/26/21) – The Denver Post

A peaceful protest in 2016

Watching the recent New Yorker Magazine/Pro Publica video of rioters in the U.S. Capitol made me think of my time as a protester when Donald Trump was elected. On Dec. 19, 2016, presidential electors across the nation, including Colorado, cast their ballots in their respective states.

The Colorado electors were to vote in the Colorado capitol building. Anti-Trump protesters, including me, gathered there to show their unhappiness with the election. There were about 200 of us with various handmade signs. The vote of the Colorado electors was delayed due to the faithless elector controversy. It was a freezing day outside with snow on the ground. Staff in the capitol building told us we could come inside to warm up if we left our signs outside. We left our signs in a pile by the door and went inside, where we sat on the floor. Then, to pass the time, we sang songs like “America the Beautiful” and “This Land is Your Land.” Very few people knew the words to the second verses of these songs. Eventually the electors voted. We went outside, picked up our signs and went home. That was a peaceful protest.

Amy Norwood, Lakewood

Support for those in need

Re: “Homeless sweeps cost hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Jan. 19 news story

The Denver Post’s Jan. 19 article shows how severe our homeless problem is. Unfortunately, it is looking to get even worse due to the unending COVID-19 pandemic and its deleterious effects on our citizens. While the end is in sight, we cannot forget that we need to support our most vulnerable citizens who are struggling to pay rents and put food on the table. The Biden administration is planning to reimplement and expand the emergency paid leave program, increase financial assistance for the unemployed, and extend the federal eviction moratorium. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper must support these efforts to help our struggling neighbors stay in their homes during this crisis.

Alec Rodriguez, Denver

Permanent nomad encampments crush the dignity and the health of camp dwellers. Hepatitis, shigellosis, substance abuse are critical public health issues with life-long consequences.

Each day I walk past tents and piles of trash at 16th and Pearl, stepping carefully over used syringes and the discarded food containers that allow rodents to thrive. I haul bags of camp trash back to my own dumpster. I don’t haul the plastic bags of frozen human poo. This environment is unhealthy for those people living there. Periodically moving the camp allows for cleaning and organizing.

Permanent street camps force people to endure inhumane conditions with no personal dignity or personal hygiene. We do not accept these living conditions for migrant agriculture workers.

I support moving these camps on a regular predictable schedule. Provide dumpsters, more toilets, and more shower trucks at camps. Stop demonizing police, hardworking city employees, and local homeowners who do the cleanup.

Warren Johnson, Denver

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