I hope to write up a short story about this important event when I get a few minutes. Until then, MANY MANY thanks to all who showed up, to Rev. Dr. Mary Susan Gast for planning and leading the vigil, and to Dr. Constance Beutel, for this beautiful 20-minute video capturing much of the gathered spirit. (Note that the first 5 or 10 seconds of this video are silent…)
Repost from the Vallejo Times-Herald
Benicians asked to stand against hate on ThursdayBy JOHN GLIDDEN, October 31, 2018 at 7:02 pm
BENICIA — A week after 13 people were violently killed in two separate shooting sprees, local residents have put together an impromptu gathering asking Benicians to stand against hate.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m., Thursday near the City Park Gazebo, located along First Street and Military West.
“Gather in solidarity, in song, in remembrance of those killed in Kentucky and Pennsylvania, in commitment to our common humanity,” according to an event flier.
One of the organizers, the Rev. Mary Susan Gast said that Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson is scheduled to office words of encouragement, Poet Laureate Tom Stanton will present a poem, while the Mourner’s Kaddish, a traditional prayer for the dead, will be offered in Hebrew.
“We will reflect on our unity as a nation and community of diversity,” she added.
Two African Americans were shot and killed in a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky on Oct. 24, which authorities are investigating as a hate crime.
Gregory Bush, a 51-year-old Caucasian man, has been accused of killing Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vickie Jones, 67, inside the Jeffersontown grocery store and outside the location, respectively.
Bush allegedly, prior to the shooting, attempted to enter a predominantly black church but was unable to get inside.
Then last Saturday, Robert Bowers entered Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue killing 11 people in one of the deadliest attack on Jewish individuals in U.S. history.
Bowers was indicted Wednesday on 44 federal charges, including 11 counts for obstructing religious freedom resulting in death and 11 counts of committing violent crime using a firearm.
President Trump has repeatedly used crude language and now has used unacceptable trash talk to describe the nations of Haiti and El Salvador, and “Africans.” His language betrays him and exposes a heart and mind that is ignorant, bigoted and racist.
Here in a small town on the west coast, we may think that our voices are insignificant in the wider picture of U.S. policy and politics. But, as Chris Carson, President of the League of Women Voters put it, “We can and we must do better to be vigilant about speaking out against racism. We must stand up as a nation and say this is unacceptable.”
My outrage and passion tempt me to make vile comments about our President. But like the Obamas, and as a person of faith, I will try to take a higher road.
Every single one of us must speak up to confront the ugly head of racism when it surfaces, whether in a school or grocery store or bar in Benicia or in a magnificent meeting room in a white house in Washington, D.C.
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