Across the nation, many have become disturbed by the conflict, violence and divisiveness that has increased, throughout the presidential campaigns and in the aftermath of November’s election.
If you are concerned, consider participating one of these two rallies we have been made aware of, taking place here in Rochester. Both have been organized to express solidarity, voice protest to the violence and inhumanity that has surfaced, and call for peace, understanding and community unification against the erosion of the very values that make us American. Click on the links below for more information.
Rochester Circle for Peace – Sunday, January 8 from 1 – 3 PM at MLK Memorial Park (353 Court Street in Rochester)
“Feeling a pervasive lack of empathy and compassion in this nation lately? Let’s come together to strengthen and build community ties and spread messages of equality. Let’s get to know our neighbors in Rochester so we can create an impermeable network of support to face the coming years and protect every member of our community.
We have peace activists and community members lined up to speak and vocal groups to lead us in song.” Confirmed speakers include Reverend Chava Redonnet from the Oscar Romero Inclusive Catholic Church, Rowan Collins from the LGBTQ Academy at the Gay Alliance, Sareer Fazili from Islamic Community Center, and Carly Fox from Workers Justice Center.
People’s Solidarity Rally – Saturday, January 21 starting at 11 AM at Washington Square Park (181 Clinton Ave. South) Noon – 1pm: Post Rally gathering held at First Universalist Church (corner of Clinton Av. & Court St.)
“As witnessed by the recent election, there has been a profound deepening of the divisions in our country. Etched in history, these divisions cleave us from one another across the lines of racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual identity. Through this rally, we seek to address these divisions and stand together in the face of injustice. The work of this march is not only to stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our families and our environment — but it is also to build relationships and mend the divides between our communities.The goal of the rally is to publicly voice opposition to the hate and division that have surfaced across the nation since the presidential election; stand in solidarity with marginalized groups; and support those participating in the Million Women March in Washington, D.C. and across the nation. We’re part of a greater, national message that, combined with all the other rallies happening on and around Inauguration Day, shows people both inside the US and across the world, that the United States of America is a place where diversity is not just valued, but is recognized as an integral part of what makes our country great.”
Organized By Action Together Rochester – Stronger Together WNY with Planned Parenthood Of Central And Western New York Action Fund, Gay Alliance, Metro Justice, NOW, Urban League.
Both rallies have secured permits for use of the parks.
Please feel free to share either of the following two informational promos about the rally.