Students Rally in Copley, Claim Bush ‘Stole’ Election
By JESSICA C. CHIU
CRIMSON/ PALESA C. MELVIN
In the wake of the presidential election, Harvard students joined more than 100 other political protesters yesterday in Copley Square for the Rally and Vigil for Democracy.
The local rally, which began at 5 p.m., was part of a larger effort by the No Stolen Elections! campaign, for which people from over 30 cities nationwide have promised to protest the election results in upcoming weeks.
Over 15,000 people have already signed a pledge expressing their concerns that the election was stolen by President Bush, said Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky ’07, a founding member of the Harvard Social Forum.
Religious right relishes chance to push agenda
Abortion and gay marriage to be targeted as moral crusaders demand election payback
Oliver Burkeman in New York
Friday November 5, 2004
A mood of elation permeated the ranks of evangelical Christians in the United States yesterday as it became clear that the election marked a watershed moment for their chances of implementing a conservative moral agenda - above all on the issues of abortion and gay marriage.
Buoyed by exit-poll results suggesting that moral issues had weighed on voters' minds even more than terrorism, activists vowed to use their victory to push the second Bush administration to ban same-sex unions at a federal level and to move the supreme court to the right. "I think it's quite possible this could be a turning point," said Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Group lobbying organisation.
"We're seeing from the exit polls that conservative Christian voters turned out in record numbers ... so we certainly will be pressing for action on key items of our agenda, and we will not be shy about claiming that our influence was significant in the outcome of the election."
In a post-election memo obtained by the New York Times, Richard Viguerie, a rightwing direct-mailing campaigner, issued a warning to the Republican party. "Make no mistake - conservative Christians and 'values voters' won this election for George W Bush and Republicans in congress," he wrote.