Sunday, January 09, 2011

Candlelight Vigil in DC for Rep. Giffords et al

UPDATE: I just returned from the vigil.  Below are some photos from the event: unfortunately I could not take many, as once the vigil started I was standing directly behind the speakers.

Tonight (Jan. 9) at 5 p.m., there will be a candlelight vigil held in Washington, DC. for Rep. Giffords and the others who were shot at a meet and greet in Tucson, Ariz.

Giffords remains in critical condition after being shot point-blank in the head; many others were killed, including a nine-year-old girl and a federal judge.

From the facebook page for the event:
We all experienced a horrible, yet eye opening tragedy. Humans, including a beautiful... 9 yr old girl, newly elected to student council, a 30 yr old engaged man ready to begin life, not end it, and the many others hurt in the Tuscon shooting.

Rep. Giffords was out there advocating moderate and thoughtful discussion and progression. Her staff supported her, her constituents believed in her. Those killed and those wounded deserve to be honored, this candle light vigil is to honor them and to begin the conversation on how we all can learn and grow.
The vigil will be held at the Peace Fountain in the center of Dupont Circle and should last roughly one hour. 

The event has been organized by Michael Talon, and will feature a bipartisan array of speakers from Arizona, immigrant rights, LGBT rights, and interfaith leadership.

I will be in attendance if possible, and will post pictures and remarks on the vigil afterwards.

Please try to attend this vigil - or one in your town - if you can: this was a horrible tragedy and we need to stand in solidarity with those who were affected.

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