MORE THAN 400 ORGANIZATIONS UNITE FOR A WORLDWIDE VIGIL TO REMEMBER THE VICTIMS OF THE ATLANTA SHOOTING
Thousands of people gathered as a global community on Friday, March 26 to pay respects to the deceased, find communal healing and hope in the face of heightened violence that has traumatized the entire Asian American community, and called for solidarity under a banner of anti-racism.
The intersectional program included prayers by religious leaders: Imam Abdullah Jaber (CAIR-Georgia), Venerable Seok-Maya (Jun Dung Sa Temple), Mike Tai (4Pointes Church); poetry reading by Jessie Lian; singing by Adelaide Tai; and remarks by Community Leaders: Sarah Park (President, KAC Metro-Atlanta), Georgia Rep. Sam Park, Soyoung Yun, LPC, Nsé Ufot (Chief Executive Officer, New Georgia Project), Martha Revelo, (Outreach Director, Office of U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock), and Julie Katz (Assistant Director of American Jewish Committee (AJC) Atlanta).
This vigil was part of numerous events that took place on March 26th, which has been promoted as the #StopAsianHate National Day of Action and Healing by Asian American Congressional leaders and civic organizations. March 26th is significant, as it is when the first U.S. law on naturalization, the Naturalization Act of 1790, was enacted to limit citizenship to only “free, White persons.”
Anti-racism is a goal that can only be achieved with the support of any and all communities that call this country home. We invite all communities, people, and allies to join us in solidarity and to join our collective efforts to end racism for all. Partner organizations and additional media coverage can be found at 326vigil.org.
Local media coverage
Atlanta K News: 애틀랜타 총격사건 온라인 촛불 추모식…”증오 몰아내자”
Hankook Ilbo 한국일보: 애틀랜타 총격사건 피해자 전국 촛불 추모