Peace Vigil: Orlando Tragedy

Peace Vigil – June 24, 2016

Thank you for joining us today as we grapple with the enormity and impact of the hate crime that was carried out in Orlando at the Pulse Night Club.

Many of us are looking for ways to help us cope with this recent devastating attack on the pride community. We believe in peace. We believe in unity. We believe that we are able to rise above these acts of hatred. How do we do that is the question. Social gatherings of peace, like this Peace Vigil, are one way. 

Deconstructing hatred is difficult, and takes tenacity and persistence. MLK said “hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” But how can love refute this act of hatred? We will gather, like today, to show that love and peace still exist. We will discuss ways to address the roots of conflict. And we will advocate against acts of hatred with the tenacity and persistence it deserves. 

We are also passing around flowers and index cards that hold the names of the victims from the Orlando massacre. As we read the names of each victim, please place the flowers here.

We are here today to mourn the tragic loss of humanity, and pledge an allegiance to love and peace.

The people murdered in Orlando were murdered because of who they were, because of what they were. 

This was a crime against a specific population of people, driven by hatred.

Our hearts are broken from this act of violence and hatred.

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating hatred in all forms.  

We will provide moments like these of solitude and peace. We will provide education and hope. We will advocate against all forms of hatred. And with your help, we will provide change in our society.

Hatred is not welcome here. We stand united with Orlando, united with each victim, and united with the pride community.