Two vigils are being held in the Sacramento area Sunday night in response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that generated bloody clashes and the death of one protester on Saturday.
One vigil will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Sacramento City Hall on I Street and proceed to the Capitol. It is being organized by the Sacramento Area Congregations Together, Sacramento Central Labor Council and Indivisible, a national group that opposes the Trump administration.
“We stand in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville and the rest of the country who are suffering right now,” said Fabrizio Sasso, executive director of the Sacramento Central Labor Council. “This is a solemn vigil that will be conducted with dignity and respect.”
Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders will address the procession.
“We expect to have clergy of all different faiths calling for healing of our city and healing of our state,” said Joy Johnson, board chair of Sacramento Area Congregations Together and associate pastor of Agape ALIVE Church.
Attendees are asked to bring LED candles for the march. Civic leaders including Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly will be in attendance.
Sacramento police will have at least 10 officers at the event to deal with traffic issues and keep the peace, said Sacramento Police Department spokesman Officer Eddie Macaulay
A second vigil will be held in Roseville, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at 100 Vernon St. and proceed up the Miner’s Ravine Trail to the Olympus Point Sculpture Garden.
“We’re not just going to stand by and let hate walk down the street unchecked,” said Paul Smith, president and founder of a local chapter of Indivisible and organizer of the event.
Faith leaders from the area will speak during the vigil, Smith said. Participants are asked to wear white T-shirts to show unity and bring LED candles or flashlights.
Two officers from the Roseville Police Department will also be present, according to department spokesman Rob Baquera.
About 100 attendees are expected, Smith said.