On Saturday, December 20th, at 5:00 PM, silent candlelight vigils will be held at commercial centers in cities across the United States, in remembrance of the rights recently lost around the country, and in honor of the rights that one day will BE, here in Oregon, and for EVERYONE.
In Portland, we will be gathering for our silent candlelight vigil at Pioneer Square downtown.
These are the guidelines from Join the Impact, which we are going to stick to, as much as possible:
- This will be a peaceful gathering in the spirit of the holidays (This one is a MUST).
- We'll dress alike: make or buy a "Second Class Citizen" t-shirt.
- We will stay silent unless asked a question, we will not yell, instigate, or bare signs. Instead, we will let our shirts do the talking and our candles pay our respects.
- Bring candles (battery powered if need be).
Two weeks ago, we were noisy all across the United States. On December 20th, we will let our silence bring home the reality of our status as second-class citizens. And here is the rest of it.