The following article is republished courtesy of Marla Goldberg-Jamate. The original posting can be found on The Spectator of Amherst.
Amherst Town Meeting has not shied away from taking a stand on national issues, and when the body of 254 citizens assembles on April 26, it will consider a resolution to investigate grounds for the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.
Amherst lawyer John C. Bonifaz, who is instrumental in an effort to have cities and towns across the nation adopt such resolutions, said the public needs “to assure that the President is not beholden to foreign governments.” The Cambridge City Council passed a similar resolution, 7 to 1, on Monday night, and Bonifaz said such measures are being contemplated in Newton, Pelham and Leverett. In California, impeachment investigation resolutions have passed in Berkeley, Richmond, and Alameda, and one is pending in Los Angeles, Bonifaz said. Charlotte, VT, will also ask its congressional representative to investigate grounds for Trump’s impeachment.
Earlier this week, Cambridge made headlines as the fifth city in the nation and the first in Massachusetts to pass a resolution calling on Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Trump.
Nik DeCosta-Klipa of Boston.Com reports on how “supporters oft he impeachment resolution movement agree that “Any given municipality’s resolution by itself is obviously a very, very small piece,” says Ben Clements, a Boston lawyer and one oft he leaders of a national campaign calling for an impeachment investigation against the president. “But the idea is overtime more municipalities will join in on this.”
Clements, Free Speech For People board chair continued, “We expect that overtime it will blossom.”
CAMBRIDGE, MA – Following the vote in the Cambridge City Council on April 3, 2017, five local communities have now voted in favor of Impeach Donald Trump Now’s Impeachment Resolution asking Congress to launch an investigation of President Trump’s corrupt business dealings, including violations of the U.S. Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments and Domestic Emoluments Clauses. Other cities and towns that have passed this resolution include Richmond, Alameda, and Berkeley, CA and Charlotte, VT.
This week, on March 28th, Berkeley, California became the latest city to pass a resolution calling on Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Trump. The Berkeley City Council unanimously approved a resolution, co-sponsored by Mayor Jesse Arreguin and Councilwoman Sophie Hahn. The vote follows similar actions from neighboring Bay cities, Alameda and Richmond.
Our nation is witnessing a massive corruption of the presidency, far worse than Watergate. By refusing to divest fully from his business interests, President Donald Trump has been in direct violation of the US Constitution from the moment he took the oath of office. The President is not above the law. We will not allow President Trump to profit from the presidency at the expense of our democracy.
On Monday, March 27th, organizers and concerned citizens from across the Bay Area packed the Center For Faith and Justice in Berkeley for a special panel and Q/A discussion on the campaign to impeach President Trump.
Speakers for the event included: John Bonifaz, Co-Founder and President, Free Speech For People; Norman Solomon, Co-Founder and Coordinator, RootsAction; Jovanka Beckles, Member of Richmond City Council; Eva Paterson, Civil Rights Attorney and Activist; and Ben Clements, Chair of the Board, Free Speech For People.
We thank the Center For Faith and Justice for graciously hosting us and providing this venue.
If you’d like to pass a resolution in your community or to host an event like this, drop us a line at [email protected]
Watch the Facebook livestream from our March 27th event.