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Community Calls and Vigils in Response to the Atlanta Tragedy

This information comes from the HANA Center in Chicago. Most events are virtual so one can participate from anywhere.

As we continue to grieve the violent loss of 8 lives in Atlanta, including 6 Asian American women, we would like to share the following list of community calls and vigils over the next few days in response to this tragedy. 

  • Press Conference and Rally to denounce anti-Asian racialized misogyny, held by NAPAWF Chicago Chapter, HANA Center, HEART Women & Girls, Apna Ghar, and KAN-WIN: Click here to watch the recording
  • Immigrant Rights Movement cross-community dialogue, hosted by NAKASEC, the UndocuBlack Network and United We Dream: Friday, March 19th at 7pm CT — Click here to RSVP
  • Solidarity Prayer Vigil with Asian, Black, Latinx, and inter-faith community groups of UCCRO: Saturday, March 20th at 11am CT — Click here to RSVP (*Please note that the time of this event has been changed from 1pm to 11am CT)
  • Virtual Vigil hosted by Asian American Caucus, HANA Center, and other Chicago-area organizations: Saturday, March 20th at 1pm CT — Click here to RSVP
  • Prayer Vigil (held in Korean) hosted by the Chicago Korean Sanctuary Church Network: Sunday, March 21st at 7:00pm CT — To inquire, please email kasanctuarychurch@gmail.com 

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Call the witnesses

We gathered under the USS Maine Monument at the Merchants’ Gate entrance to Central Park on Columbus Circle.

We gathered to witness for peace and to say no to war with Iran and no to war everywhere. We gathered as did people on Foley Square in New York and in places around the country.

We chanted as we gathered. For a short time, the chant rang out “Call the witnesses.” The reference was to an impending trial in the Senate.

But consider calling …

… young people living in poverty who see no other option than military service …

… children who wonder when, and if, a parent will return …

… parents who grieve for a child killed in action …

… creation exploited and abused by preparation and perpetration of war …

… soldiers maimed in body, spirit, soul, and mind …

… noncombatants wounded and killed and dismissed as collateral damage …

… women harassed and violated …

… communities uprooted and driven from their homes …

… those denied educational opportunities and health care and food and water and housing and infrastructure because needed resources have been directed to preparing for and waging war …

… yes, there are witnesses.

Witnesses to the obscenity and futility of war.

Call them.

Hear them.

Heed them.

 

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