IRVING PARK — St. John’s Episcopal Church is hosting a candlelight vigil to coincide with the burial of George Floyd.
“As a white person the most important thing I can do right now is listen to the voices of people of color. Listen to the pain, the stories, and the struggle,” said Kara Wagner Sherer, the church’s rector.
Demonstrators have staged days of protests throughout the city in response to a police officer killing Floyd in Minneapolis and to support racial justice efforts across the country.
“To support the vigil you can write ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the sidewalk outside of St. John’s, and hang those signs in your windows and yards,” she said.
She’s also asking neighbors to light candles for the church’s doorstep, light candles at home and share this event with neighbors.
Tuesday’s vigil will be silent and honor the memory of Floyd and the countless other victims of racism and oppression, Wagner said.
She also encouraged people to support the official George Floyd family fund, the Breonna Taylor and Kenneth Walker justice fund, and to support Black Lives Matter locally and nationally, among other things.
A list of suggestions in how neighbors can offer anti-racism organizations their time, energy and financial support curated by the church can be found here.
For more information visits the event’s Facebook page.
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