Reminder: Sunday’s Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Racial Justice

by beth on June 13, 2020

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Above: On Sunday, community members are invited to bring their own candles to a vigil for peace and racial justice. (image cropped from photo posed to flickr by Caitlin Childs)

Reminder that Southborough’s Neighbors for Peace is holding its Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Racial Justice at 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 14th.

I want to highlight a few important preparation details.

In signs of the times, participants are asked to come with their own candles and a way to light them, wear a mask, and practice distancing. Participants are also encouraged to:

Bring homemade signs and posters to reflect your desire for peace in our world.

In addition, attendees are invited to donate facemasks to The Boys and Girls Club of Worcester. (The Facebook event details “Cloth masks should be in a ziplock bag and surgical masks should be in an unopened box.”)

As I previously shared, this vigil is  asking the community to:

candlelight vigil for peace and racial justice updated flyerJoin with neighbors to stand for peace and racial justice in our community, our nation, and our world. . .

Together we can make a difference in our world to root out the pain and injustice of racism, and fully become those who respect the dignity of every other person.

It will begin with “Nearly 9 minutes of silence in memory of George Floyd”. The length is clearly a reference to the 8 minutes and 46 seconds that a Minneapolis Police officer pushed his knee into Floyd’s neck, killing him.

“Reflections from town officials and area residents” will follow. Those include:

Lisa Braccio, Board of Selectmen
Chief Kenneth Paulhus, Southborough Police Department
Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz, Congregation B’nai Shalom
Rep. Carolyn Dykema
Sen. Jamie Eldridge
David Joyner, Southborough Resident

The gathering will again be on St. Mark’s field, at the Main Street corner of Rtes 30 and 85.

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