Day 45 – The candle light vigil was a very beautiful event, the union and the community have joined as one to remember the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and also the struggle that each and every one of these workers are facing because of just one greedy person. Helen you can see that everyone is here supporting all the workers and there is nobody here that is showing support for you, don’t you think that is a huge message? We had the community, elected officials, clergy, the press and of course the union members themselves all standing here in a silent protest of the wrong that you are perpetrating on these workers.
The vigil was a very well carried out event that was peaceful and really showed how many people can come together as one. I will have a video of the event as soon as I can get it edited and published to the web. In the meantime here are some photos of the event. You can see all photos of the vigil in the gallery here.
All the union members before the event gathered together to join the vigil.
The kick off began at Giles Place and Cannon Place.
We all marched silently down Cannon Place to the front of the nursing home and then back up to the corral where we all joined together.
The line of people was so long that it stretched back down Cannon on the nursing home side.
We all filled the corral on the top of Cannon.
In the corral the vigil was lead by Karen Argenti, we all listened to a prayer and then several short quotes were read and then everyone joined in singing “We Shall Overcome”, “We Shall Not Be Moved”, We Want Our Freedom Now” and the union members added their own songs afterward.
Even four legged members of the community showed support by wearing a light.
After the vigil was over a bus came to pickup the union members from other areas that came to support the local 1199 SEIU members.
All in all the vigil was a very good show of support. I would like to thank the union for supplying Coffee, Tea & Hot Chocolate to all who attended. The weather was very gracious towards us as well, the temperature was warm and the rain held off for the entire vigil.
It seems that the vigil was interesting for someone in the nursing home, peeking through the window to see what was going on.
Once again thank you to the union, the elected officials who attended, the press, the community members and of course the striking members who are out there 24 hours a day. This battle has been going on for sometime now but with persistence this will be won!
Till tomorrow, STAND STRONG!