The following announcement is from SOMA Action:
Got impeachment on your mind? So do we! So we’re organizing a community discussion! On Sunday, October 27th, from 3-4:30pm, SOMA Action’s Financial Conflicts of Interest and Anti-Corruption Committee (FinCon) will host an event titled: “Impeaching Donald Trump: Democratic Crisis or Opportunity?” at Congregation Beth El, 222 Irvington Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079.
We will discuss the implications of the House of Representatives’ newly initiated impeachment inquiry into the behavior of Donald Trump and members of his administration. Is this a crisis for our country, or an opportunity to reinvigorate our democracy? Can it be both? What will impeachment mean for the 2020 presidential election? Should articles of impeachment be narrow, and cover only possible impeachable actions taken with regard to Ukraine? Or should they be broad, and cover other possible impeachable offenses over the course of Trump’s term in office, including violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution and the efforts to obstruct justice cited in the Mueller Report? Will impeachment serve to further divide our country, or can it somehow bring us together?
The discussion will begin with two special guests who will share their insights into the impeachment process: Rutgers University Constitutional Law Professor Carlos Gonzalez and American historian Brenda Wineapple, author of the recently published and widely acclaimed book The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation (Random House, 2019).
Our democracy is only as strong as communities like ours make it. Please join us for this important discussion.
PLACE: Congregation Beth El
TIME: 3pm to 4:30pm
DATE: Sunday, October 27th
About SOMA Action:
SOMA Action is an active and growing group of 1800+ diverse members from South Orange, Maplewood and neighboring communities. We are committed to social and environmental justice, a healthy nation and planet and a transparent and accountable government. SOMA Action promotes the dignity, rights and welfare of the community, earth and society and we stand in solidarity with other groups working toward these goals.