MassEquality, the statewide LGBT civil rights group, is joining many other organizations in a vigil on the Boston Common in the wake of the bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Mass Equality executive director Kara S. Suffredini issued the following statement on April 16:
“Our hearts go out to those affected by the terrible acts that occurred Monday at the Boston Marathon. Please know that MassEquality is thinking of you. A support and resource center has been opened by the city of Boston and Mayor Menino at The Castle at Park Plaza, at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Arlington Street, which will be open from 9am-5pm today. Anyone with concerns about family members or friends who were at the race should call the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500.
“We are extremely thankful to those of you near and far who have expressed your support of Boston’s recovery, and to the brave first responders, authorities and health care providers helping Boston through this incident. The details of this tragedy are yet unknown, but one thing is certain: MassEquality is as resolved as ever to continue our work of ensuring a day when we can all coexist peacefully and safely no matter who we are or where we are.”
A number of vigils and ceremonies are being planned all around the city, including the following two later on April 16: Peace Here and Everywhere – Boston Vigil on the Common, Boston Common and a candlelight vigil at Arlington Street Church.