East Bay Citizens for Peace held its monthly vigil for peace and justice outside the Bristol Post Office the Saturday after the election of Donald Trump as president. We found strength and solace from the many passersby who voiced commitment to justice for all and an end to US military interventions. Many shared fears that the national election results will encourage bullying and discrimination, endanger our environment beyond repair, cause even more conflict abroad and result in further wealth inequality, destroying the middle class and working class.
East Bay Citizens for Peace will continue to pursue peace and justice as we have for the past 14 years regardless of the political party in office. Our vigils and educational programs, promote open and respectful dialogue with people of divergent views. We will take a more active role and stand against fear mongering and oppression. We support the civil rights of all people and stand against the hateful rhetoric and violent acts toward our fellow Americans: Muslims, immigrants, Latinos, African Americans, LBTGQ, women, disabled Americans, and any other groups that are attacked for being different.
We feel a political and moral responsibility to do what we can for our country and to work on behalf of people struggling with economic insecurity, so that the economy works for all of us, not just the people at the top. We are committed to finding peaceful solutions to the challenges that face us nationally and internationally. Now more than ever is the time to come together, to seek common ground and to do our best to reach across the divide. We will not become immobilized by grief and fear. We would “rather light a candle than curse the darkness.”
We invite you to join us to discuss and work on goals we can all agree on. For more information, go to our website.