San Mateo County to hold vigil for Orlando shooting victims

Observance scheduled for 4 p.m. today in Redwood City

In the wake of the June 11 shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub that left 49 dead and dozens injured, San Mateo County will hold a vigil to remember victims and show opposition to homophobia and gun violence.

The vigil will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, June 17, at the plaza at 400 County Center in Redwood City, and will include reading the victims' names, lighting candles, raising the LGBTQ flag, prayers and music.

It is expected to last about an hour, said Donna Vaillancourt, interim liaison to the county's LGBTQ Commission and coordinator of the event.

"I think it's important for us to honor the victims and show solidarity with the LGBTQ community," she said.

"This tragedy is a reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done to create communities that are inclusive, equitable and safe," said Jei Africa, director of the county health system's Office of Diversity and Equity and a member of the county's LGBTQ Commission.

All are welcome to attend, and attendees can park in the county parking structure located at 455 County Center. Candles will be provided.


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Posted by BlatherBuss
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on Jun 17, 2016 at 4:04 pm

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ISIL does not believe in inclusive, equitable and safe communities if you are gay, female, a non-believer or an apostate that does not hold radical views of Islam.

Gun free safe spaces are kill zones for terrorists and sociopaths. Now, the California legislature is going to pass a raft of "Common Sense" gun control measures that will disarm law abiding citizens and effectively eliminate the 2d amendment.

When the threat is decentralized and activated over the internet, then our defense also needs to be decentralized as well. As we have seen, the government can't or won't prevent these incidents from happening even when they have the suspect under investigation.

Stand up and speak out for your constitutional rights.

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