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Brockport vigil will honor victims of mass shooting

Oct 30, 2018

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Another local vigil is planned for tonight in memory of the victims of the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue last weekend.

A candlelight vigil is being organized by Compassionate Brockport, an interfaith group of local clergy and community leaders. Rev. Lori Staubitz says the entire community is invited to attend and take a stand against hatred.

"I think we want to offer to people a sense that we can only do what we can do, but we can do something right here. We can show that in this community, right here in the realm of our own influence, we can say no to this."

Rising divisions in the country are fueled in part, Staubitz said, by political rhetoric about immigrants and non-white Americans.

"And it really started, I think, with the twin towers falling and the demonization of people in our country who may not fit into the Anglo Protestant category."

Compassionate Brockport was formed two years ago in response to a 2015 incident in which two crosses were burned into the lawn of an Orleans County mosque.

Tonight's vigil starts at 6:30 at Sagawa Park in Brockport.