Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Somerville Commission for Women announce the Annual Candlelight Vigil in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Wednesday, October 3 at 6 p.m. at the Somerville Public Safety Building, 220 Washington Street. The vigil will include a presentation of the new “Somerville Against Violence” banner by Shamrock Sign & Lettering Co. owner Tisha Sullivan.
The vigil walk begins at 6 p.m. through Union Square, concluding with a speaking agenda at the Public Safety Building from 6:30 p.m. Speakers include Mayor Curtatone, Chairperson of the Commission for Women, Nancy Bacci, Somerville Chief of Police Thomas Pasquarello, and a keynote address by Jason Lydon of The Network/La Red.
The vigil is an annual event bringing the community together to remember those who have lost their lives over the last year to domestic violence. For more information about domestic violence, contact RESPOND at their Hotline number 617-623-5900 (TTY accessible for the hearing impaired) and for on-line information go to www.respondinc.org. For more information about the Vigil, contact Director of Somerville Commissions, Sonja Darai, at 617-625-6600 ext. 2406 or SDarai@somervillema.gov.
The candlelight vigil participants will leave 220 Washington Street at 6:00 P.M. and walk to the intersection of Prospect Street and Washington (blocking that intersection briefly with police escort), walk along the sidewalk along the square to the intersection of Bow and Union Square (again blocking the intersection), then walk back towards the square (blocking Washington and Webster Avenue intersection). We’ll be on the sidewalk until the intersection of Prospect Street and Washington (blocking that intersection briefly with police escort) then returning to 220 Washington Street at 6:30 p.m.