Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 | 2 a.m.
In a push for healing after a week in which racial tension dominated the national discourse, local clergy, advocates, elected officials and the community will come together today at a North Las Vegas church for a “vigil for peace and unity,” according to the Nevada chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.
The 4 p.m. event at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2446 Revere St., comes in the wake of a protest turned violent and then deadly last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., when a 20-year-old man — who reportedly was a Nazi sympathizer — rammed a car into demonstrators, killing Heather Heyer, 32.
Also, two state troopers who were helping contain the Charlottesville violence died when the helicopter they were aboard crashed.
“The vigil condemns racist violence in Virginia and anywhere in this nation, and it is being held to support those who are the target of these hateful statements and actions,” organizers said in a news release.
White nationalists in the Charlottesville rally last weekend were captured on camera yelling, “Jews will not replace us” and hurling homophobic jeers at counter protesters the following day.
“Faith leaders from across the spectrum, community partners and elected officials (U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen and Nev. Sen. Pat Spearman) will all stand together against those who would spread hatred against black and Jewish people, or prejudice against any of fellow human beings,” the press release said.
The Southern Nevada community is strong and its members stand shoulder to shoulder, said Jolie Brislin, director of the Nevada chapter of the Anti-Defamation League. The vigil will provide an opportunity for healing and will show the younger generations that there is more good than bad, while demonstrating that there is “no place for hate” in the valley, she added.
“Our community (today) will be standing strong and unified,” Brislin said.
The Associated Press contributed.