ASHLAND – The Community of Ashland held a vigil on Saturday night to take a stand against racism.
The national, and now global, events surrounding the death of George Floyd and other acts of anti-Black racism have shaken many to the core, said organizers.
“Given the situation with Covid-19, congregating in person to demonstrate for many is not a safe option.” To address that concern, organizers invited all Ashland residents to join their friends and neighbors in town and light a candle “Together At Home We Stand Against Racism” event.
While many stood at their homes with their candles throughout the community, Ashland Town Manager Michael Herbert and Ashland Police Chief Vincent Alfano stood at Town Hall.
“We all know racism is wrong. Systemic racism is wrong,” said Herbert. (Video is below).
“There is no place in Ashland for racism,” said the Police Chief.
“This vigil is a small, symbolic, but important first step that signifies that we as a community commit to stand up as allies and advocates for our fellow residents and continue the work to make Ashland a safe and welcoming community for all,o said Organizers.
The event was co-sponsored by Ashland Indians Inc; Ashland United; Ashland Democratic Town Committee; Ashland Republican Town Committee; Ashland Police Department; Arts! Ashland Alliance; Ashland Farmers Market; Charles River Rotary; and Friends of the Ashland Public Library