For some Loudoun residents there was no better place to feel love than Lovettsville on Valentine’s Day.
More than 60 people gathered in the downtown Lovettsville “Squirkle” to show off what they loved about the United States. Supporters sang “This Land is Your Land” while marching, holding signs in solidarity with issues ranging from environmental protection to public education. Other paraded hand-made signs celebrating democracy, freedom and the constitution.
“This wasn’t about hate, it was about what we love. And Lovettsville, of course, begins with ‘love’, so that’s what we’re here for,” said Taylorstown resident Tami Carlow, who helped organize the event.
Carlow, an entomologist, said she was particularly disturbed by president Donald Trump and his administration’s treatment towards science. She was one of several gathered in Lovettsville supporting scientific causes and research.
The “Squirkle of Love” rally was the latest in a series of events organized in part by Indivisible Lovettsville 20180. The group is affiliated with the nationwide Indivisible movement, which works to resist Trump’s political agenda. Groups across the country, including in Lovettsville, have advocated against Republican-lead efforts eliminating the Affordable Care Act and Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel from seven predominately Muslim countries.
Since beginning in Jan. of this year, Lovettsville 20180 has also contacted the offices Virginia Senators Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) daily. They have also reached out daily to 10th District Rep. Barbara Comstock (R), a group gathered at her Sterling office last month, and Lovettsville 20180 members were among the 6,000 in attendance for a teleconference town hall with Comstock earlier this month.
Notwithstanding the partisanship of some aspects of the group, organizers on Feb. 14 insist this particular event wasn’t political in nature, and was designed to showcase to Lovettsville and the rest of the community what the group loved about the United States.
“We’re not going to back down on what we hold dear,” Carlow.