Watertown Groups Holding Vigil for Indigenous People, George Floyd

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Charlie Breitrose

Those at Tuesday's Candlelight Vigil kneeled in memory of George Floyd. The vigil is just one efforts by the Kingian Response Team.

A vigil in July hosted by the Kingian Response Team.

The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Citizens for Black Lives and the Kingian Response Team.

UPDATE: Due to heavy rain forecast through this evening, the candlelight vigil for Black lives and Indigenous people that was planned for today is postponed until next Tuesday, October 20th.

Candlelight Vigil Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Watertown Citizens for Black Lives and the Kingian Response Team.

As the date of this vigil immediately follows Indigenous Peoples Day on October 12, we are including a focus on the history of indigenous people and their exploitation with the arrival of European settlers.

The land where we stand is called Columbus Delta with a tribute to him called the Columbus Rock. We can collectively consider a more accurate description of that time and policies that followed.

We will also continue to end the vigil with a silent reflection in memory of George Floyd and others that were killed by racial bigotry and police brutality. Some paper lanterns will be provided.

Please wear a mask and practice social distancing in public spaces.

If you would like to be a part of this work, visit this link.

4 thoughts on “Watertown Groups Holding Vigil for Indigenous People, George Floyd

  1. Lighting candles accomplishes nothing. Progress requires hard work. Stop the virtual signaling and accomplish real and tangible goals.

    • I am assuming that you wrote because you support the cause, and are concerned about making progress. Real work IS going on, but it is also important to signal support, and the fact that many people still care, it is not yesterday’s news. The people who drive by and express their support and appreciation give strength to those who are doing the work. Join in !

    • Toppling statues, vandalizing both private and public property, looting… arson… assault… blocking public roadways… intimidation… doxxing… etc accomplishes nothing either, but try telling them that.

      Well, maybe I’m not 100% spot on with my comments. At least ‘Uncle Bens’ rice, ‘Land-O-Lakes’ butter and our high school football team were guilt tripped into changing their ways.

      • Alan, can you please present evidence that your fellow Watertown residents are engaging in the activities you name above? I doubt it.

        I would ask you, then, what are you doing to make this world better? Don’t criticize folks whose motives are good. There are far too many whose motivations are less than admirable. I’ll stand with decent folks any day.

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