A group of residents has organized a vigil for Sunday at 3 pm, with the UU Church bell to toll at 4 pm to mark an 8 min. 46 sec. moment of silence. Additional details are below. We’d like to thank Chief Guerette for her input on the timing. Please join us if your schedules permit.
You are invited to gather in solidarity with the BBIPOC (Black Brown Indigenous People of Color) community members in Medfield and beyond, to condemn racism and promote racial equality and to hold vigil for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and their families on Sunday at 3pm AND to participate in a day of action.
On Sunday at 3 pm you are invited to line the sidewalks between the Police Station and Town Hall with signs and/or candles OR outside your home in your neighborhood. At 4 pm we will be in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. The Unitarian Church will ring the bells to commence and complete the moment of silence.
You are also welcome to show your solidarity with a sign, piece of art or chalking in the town center on Sunday at any time during the day. There will be some interactive art, writing installations and an altar outside the Unitarian Church at which you can leave an offering of peace, and we encourage whatever else the community wants to offer.
There will be no speakers at this event, we are coming together in action and a show of support. Please honor social distancing and wear masks.
Racism is an ongoing problem. This gathering on Sunday is only one step in the direction of promoting racial justice. If you are interested in being part of an ongoing effort, please reach out to Kathy McDonald at Medfieldyouthoutreach@medfield.net.
HOW YOU CAN HELP ON SUNDAY:
- Spread the word! Please tell all of your friends, schools, businesses you know, library etc.
- If you own or know someone who owns a business in Medfield (or would like to go call them or show up at their door) ask them to offer their store front or windows for art and messaging. Gather a group of friends to create something with that store together. Take the lead!
- Create a sign and show up in the town center with your family or a group of people anytime on Sunday.
- Do you feel passionate about education? Perhaps you want to pass out fliers with resources.
- Do you want to gather some students to sing during the day? Do it. And spread the word so people come.
- Want to gather a smaller group in your neighborhood for the moment of silence? I encourage you to take the lead and hold space for that.