Wednesday Vigil at Villa Parke For El Paso Shooting Victims Planned

Published : Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 9:19 AM

More reaction unleashed by the recent rash of mass shootings will come to Pasadena Wednesday, Aug. 7, in the form a vigil at Villa Parke in remembrance of those who died in the El Paso shooting last weekend.

The action will take place under the #ElPasoFirme umbrella, which is anchored by Border Network for Human Rights. The National Day Laborer Organizing Committee is part of the coalition and appears the coordinator of local participation.

On the morning of Aug. 3, a mass shooting occurred at a Walmart in the Texas border city of El Paso. To date, 22 people have died as a result, with 24 more wounded. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the massacre as both domestic terrorism and a hate crime.

The vigil will be one of a number #ElPasoFirme has planned across the country “to remember and celebrate the lives lost, and recommit to confront the contemptible world view behind the violence committed,” said the group in a statement.

The event is commemorative, but also political in nature. The statement is presented as “A Call to Action Against White Supremacy,” and asserts a link between white supremacy and Trump administration’s policies.

Though “firm” in its political content, the event is also intended as a healing exercise. “What’s been polluted by hatred and racist violence will be cleansed by joining our voices, hearts, and our voices,” the statement said.

Other adherents to #ElPasoFirme include: Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services; Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance; Repairers of the Breach; Poor People’s Campaign.

The coalition is endorsed locally by Pasadenans Organizing for Progress.

The vigil convenes at 7 p.m., at 361 East Villa Street, on the lawn by the Villa Parke Community Center Recreation Center building.