“Harmony, Not Harm” — From Las Vegas (New Mexico and Nevada) to Porter and Belfast, Maine

While the demonstrations in large urban areas are getting the most attention, it is the case that smaller towns are also contributing to the groundswell of protests the past month. Eileen Aronson Ireland, for instance, recently sent me this photograph of a sign she carried at a demonstration in Las Vegas, New Mexico, a town in the northern portion of the state with a population of around 13,000 people.

It’s one thing to see massive protests in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Las Vegas (Nevada), Phoenix, St. Louis, Chicago, the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Detroit, Atlanta, Nashville, Houston, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Portland, Pittsburgh, and New York. Here’s a partial list of “smaller” towns and cities whose residents have commiserated with the sorrow and anger felt by those in larger congregations:

Tulsa
Austin
Salt Lake City
Albuquerque
Birmingham
Huntsville
Anchorage
Juneau
Flagstaff
Fayetteville
Boulder
Fort Collins
Madison
Hartford
New Haven
Miami
Lihue
Pocatello
Downers Grove
Elkhart
Dubuque
Cedar Rapids
Lawrence
Topkea
Louisville
Augusta
Richmond
Ann Arbor
Kalamazoo
Lansing
Fargo

In the midst of all this, the comparatively minuscule gatherings in Las Vegas, New Mexico as well as Porter and Belfast, Maine may feel that their voices are not heard, but in this roll call at least, they are every bit as audible, and we will all be heard together in less than 140 days.