On Monday, June 22, 2015 Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace added the theme of Black Lives Matter and ending racially motivated violence to their weekly Monday vigil at the 4 Corners in Delmar. Since Grannies for Peace had our large and wonderful banners and our “Racism Breaks Grannies’ Hearts” signs from the Tulip Festival vigil we decided to join them in this vigil timed to honor the 9 members of the Emanuel Mother Church slain by a racist gunman in Charleston, South Carolina.
Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace has a regular anti-war, pro justice rally every Monday evening from 5 PM to 6 PM and people are always welcome to join them for a few minutes or for the whole hour.
Because people arrived and left at different times it was difficult to estimate the number of participants but from the photos I counted at least 25 people from Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Grannies for Peace, MoveOn, and others from the Capital District peace and justice community.
To avoid the brightly shining sun we occupied three of the 4 corners of Delaware and Kenwood Avenues with signs, banners and our passion for change. The response from drivers and passengers traveling home during drive time was very positive.All photos except the one with Mabel in it were taken by Mabel Leon, our activist photographer. Mabel also brought the Black Lives Matter banner and some of the neck signs made by Kim Kennedy. Many of the BNP members and other community members had signs of their own.
The rest of this article will consist of more photos of the vigil. Click on an individual photo to enlarge it.