United Hebrew Congregation Terre Haute members joined the approximately 150 area residents who attended Sunday’s Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil at the Vigo County Courthouse.
The Facebook group Wabash Valley in Solidarity with Charlottesville quickly organized the event in affiliation with the grassroots movement Indivisible in response to a violent Unite the Right rally just a day earlier in Charlottesville, Va.
The Terre Haute vigil occurred at the foot of the courthouse steps, beside a plaza where — in contrast to the neo-Nazi and white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that protested the removal of a statue honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee — monuments honored area veterans who fought to preserve the Union during the Civil War and defend democratic institutions and freedom in World Wars I and II, along with the Revolutionary War.
Betsy Frank delivered a prayer for peace, drawing an “amen” from the crowd. Sara Wormser spoke to bear witness to her parents’ and grandparents’ efforts to achieve peace in the face of anti-Semitism.
Two UHC members addressed the people assembled on and around the courthouse steps. Betsy Frank delivered a prayer for peace, drawing an “amen” from the crowd. Sara Wormser spoke to bear witness to her parents’ and grandparents’ efforts to achieve peace in the face of anti-Semitism.
More than an hour after the event began, someone led the crowd in a chorus of We Shall Overcome. And then many packed up their signs in dispersed.
UHC members were well-represented among speakers and audience at the Charlottesville vigil.
Signs of change.
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Justice for all.
Toddlers Against Domestic Terrorism.