The Social Action Committee at First Church, Belmont Unitarian Universalist will be holding an hour-long candlelight vigil in front of the church on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. “to join our brothers and sisters in Staten Island, NY, and all around the country, seeking justice for the death of Eric Garner.”
Hundreds of vigils, marches and civil disobedience – some turning violent – have been held across the country after grand juries in St. Louis and New York City declined to indict police officers who many believe were responsible for the deaths of Garner and Michael Brown.
“Many of us feel that the NYC Grand Jury’s failure to indict the NYPD on chokehold death is unconscionable. We really needed to do something as a community – in solidarity, out of desperation for sanity. We feel we have a responsibility as a congregation to affirm that all lives matter,” wrote the committee in a press release.
The vigil will be followed by a group discussion in the Parish Hall at 7:30 p.m.