Peace vigil held downtown on Sunday

by beth on August 21, 2017

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Above: Officer Aaron Richardson thanked the peaceful gatherers holding a vigil outside the Library yesterday evening. (images from Facebook)

Last night, members of the area’s interfaith community gathered outside of the Southborough Library. The gathering was a vigil for peace.

The vigil was organized by “neighbors for peace”. Southborough’s Dr. Safda Medina initiated the event, reaching out to members of the community on Saturday morning. Word was spread through emails, social media, etc.*

Westborough’s Congregation B’nai Shalom posted an invitation to the community explaining:

Join local residents and faith leaders for a brief gathering to bring people together, showing our support for the diversity and unity in our local towns and communities.

Bring a candle and/or a sign with your message of unity and hope.

The gathering will likely last approximately 30 mins and no longer than 1 hour.

Some other of the shared messages and invitations referenced the incident in Charlottsville, VA the prior weekend and the desire to remember Heather Heyer – the protester killed while protesting for peace.

Here are some of the pictures by Beth Mascott Whitman shared through Congregation B’nai Shalom’s Facebook page

The neighbors for peace partners involved included Southborough's Safdar Medina and Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz of Westborough's Congregation B'nai Shalom Officer Richardson thanks peaceful participants Peace vigil gathering outside the library

The gathering wasn’t massive – but not bad, considering the late notice on a summer vacation weekend in Southborough. To see a “360” view of the gathering, click on the image below. (If that’s not appearing for you, try this link):

*(They did ask me to help get out the word. But, sadly, I didn’t see messages until late last night!)

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