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Vigil and March for Justice and Solidarity Unites Community

By: Nathalia Casiano

July 18, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: South Bend Tribune/Santiago Flores

 

A Vigil and March for Justice and Solidarity was held this Sunday, July 17th, on Irish Green along Angela Boulevard at the University of Notre Dame. The event was cosponsored by the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) and the Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) and is the first in a series of vigils planned for this summer.

The vigil began with a prayer of lamentation led by Iris Outlaw, Director of MSPS, and Mike Hebbeler, Director of Discernment and Advocacy at the Center for Social Concerns, who read the names of the African-American men and the police officers killed in recent violence. During the prayer, student government president, Corey Robinson, and Zoe Bonnichsen lit candles for each of the deceased.

Bill Purcell, Associate Director of Catholic Social Tradition and Practice at CSC, then spoke about how Catholic social tradition seeks to address issues of systemic injustice by calling for Catholics to stand in solidarity with the poor, the vulnerable, and the oppressed. He was followed by Susan Sharpe, Advisor on Restorative Justice at CSC, who spoke about individual actions that can be taken in response to injustice and violence.

A final prayer was led by Fr. Kevin Sandberg, C.S.C., Director of the Common Good Initiative at the Center. In it Fr. Sandberg asked for forgiveness of actions that foster division, vengeance, and injustice, and for hearts to be filled with "a vision for a new day."

After the vigil, a crowd of about 70 people marched along Angela Boulevard, between Twyckenham and Notre Dame Avenues. The event received coverage from multiple news outlets around the area.

 

South Bend Tribune: Vigil, Peaceful March for Justice Held at Notre Dame on Sunday

WNDU: Recent Tragedies Spark Peace Rally at Notre Dame

WSBT: Justice and Solidarity Vigil Held at Notre Dame

 

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