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Photo from Vigil

Last Friday (3/26), the Woburn community came together to honor the victims of the Atlanta spa shooting and to stand in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members. The speaking program began at 5:30 with voices from our local leaders, the AAPI community and allies. Social Capital Inc. (SCI) President, David Crowley, and Woburn Memorial High School student and embRACE Club leader, Sophia Mathews, emceed the event.  

Ron Walker from St. John’s Baptist Church began the program by reading out the names of the victims, then led attendees in a moment of silence to commemorate and honor them. Speeches by Woburn Mayor, Scott Galvin, and Massachusetts State Senator, Cindy Friedman, shared thoughts focusing on the diversity of Woburn and the importance of making the city a more inclusive space for various groups in the community. Senator Friedman noted she was representing the other members of local Beacon Hill delegation at the event. 

BIPOC community members also spoke at the Vigil to discuss their own experiences of anti-AAPI racism: a variety of students and young people who shared powerful stories on the injustices they have faced, anonymous quotes from the AAIP community were read aloud, and SCI Woburn AmeriCorps Member, Sophie Ichizawa, gave a heartfelt speech sharing her personal perspective as a Japanese-American on the importance of this moment for our country. The Vigil concluded with prayers and reflections from two local pastors - Dr. Yaliang Zhao, from First Baptist Church of Woburn, and Dr. Mohanan Unni, from The Shepherd's House.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the AAPI community and to honor the lives of those lost in Atlanta. You can watch the full recording of the Vigil here or check out more photos from the Vigil on our SCI Woburn Facebook page.  We are also still taking anonymous stories and comments by anyone who would like to speak on the recent events that happened or share ways to combat racism against the AAPI community. Click here to submit anonymous comments.

 

The event was planned by diverse group of local organizations and community leaders. The event organizers and other supporters came together and signed the following statement: 

Woburn Unites Vigil in Support of the AAPI Community

Woburn Unites Vigil in Support of the AAPI Community

Fri, 03/26/2021 - 5:15pm

On Friday, all members of the Woburn community are invited to come together for a vigil to honor the victims of the Atlanta spa shootings and to stand in solidarity with our Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members.

We will gather on the Woburn Common at 5:15 p.m. Friday evening (3/26). A brief speaking program will begin at 5:30 p.m., with voices from our local leaders, the AAPI community and allies. Click here to leave a message to share at the vigil or in the days afterward.

COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place. All are asked to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of physical distancing from those outside of your household. The event will be live streamed through the Facebook event and available later through a Woburn Public Media Center broadcast. The Facebook address is: https://www.facebook.com/events/976377882897236/ 

The event is being coordinated by a diverse committee of local organizations and community members. Many of those entities have signed the following statement of support.

AAPI Anti-Racism Statement

For more information, please contact David Crowley at dcrowley@socialcapitalinc.org.

Woburn Unites Vigil in Support of the Asian American Pacific Islander Community

Friday, March 26
on Woburn Common

Gathering: 5:15pm
Speaking Program: 5:30pm

Groups on the planning committee include: 

  • Council of Social Concern
  • James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club
  • Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
  • The Shepherd’s House
  • Social Capital Inc. (SCI)
  • St. John’s Baptist Church
  • WMHS embRACE
  • WMHS Spectrum Club
  • Woburn Council on Aging
  • Woburn Democratic City Committee
  • Woburn Pride
  • Woburn Public Schools
  • Woburn Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)
  • Woburn United Methodist Church
  • Woburn Welcomes
  • YMCA International Learning Center
Maple Leaves by Andrew Gibson

The video below is from one of our Woburn Parent Network forums. In this forum SCI Staff Member Jenna Francis introduces us to meditation with a little yoga afterward. Thank you Jenna for the excellent program to start off our forum.