Town hall rally planned for Mueller, California victims

Ridgefield Women’s March organizers Aimee Berger-Girvalo and Jessica Mancini are planning a rally in support of Special Counsel Robert Mueller at 5 p.m. today at town hall.

The event will also be a vigil for the 12 victims of a mass shooting that took place in California Wednesday, Nov. 7. 

Berger-Girvalo said residents should gather in front of town hall. She said if enough people turn out then it will move down Bailey Avenue. 

The rally comes after news broke yesterday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to resign at the direction of President Donald Trump.

Trump has long been critical of Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian intelligence operatives.

Mueller was hired to lead the Russia investigation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after Sessions recused himself, leading democrats to raise concerns that Sessions’ resignation would allow Trump to interfere in the Mueller investigation.

Several hours after Sessions announced his resignation, multiple news outlets reported that  Ian David Long, 28, entered the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks with a handgun. Long reportedly shot and killed 12 people, including an office with the Ventura Sheriff’s department, before he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The event’s speakers are still being confirmed, Berger-Girvalo told The Press.

“We just want anyone who feels compelled to come out for whatever reason — whether for the support of residents in the wake of another tragic shooting, or if they’d like to have their own voice heard as it relates to the government accountability that we aren’t really seeing right now. We welcome everyone,” she said.

Berger-Girvalo ran as the democratic nominee against republican incumbent John Frey for his seat representing the 111th district in the state House of Representatives — a race he narrowly won in Tuesday night’s election. Mancini is the current vice-chairwoman of the town Board of Finance.

The two women organized buses for Ridgefield residents to attend the Women’s March in Washington D.C. in January 2017, as well as several other events related to the March.