San Bernardino Strong
If you happen to be in the San Bernardino area tonight, there will be two candlelight vigils in memoriam of the victims from last weeks attack at the Inland Regional Center:
California State University San Bernardino will hold one of the candlelight vigil’s Monday evening honoring the 14 dead and 21 wounded victims from Wednesday’s shooting, university officials said.
The vigil will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the university’s lower commons, San Bernardino State’s Joe Gutierrez said. Free parking is available in lots E, D, & F from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The event is open to the public. Faculty, administrators, staff and students will speak.
A sign language interpreter will be available during remarks. Grief counselors will also be on hand for the event.
Another candlelight vigil will be held at the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors at 5 p.m. Monday. Elected officials, members of the San Bernardino community, and members of the Service Employees International Union, will be in attendance.
SEIU Local 721, the public service workers’ union which represented 10 of the 14 fatal shooting victims, is hosting the event at the board location.
Here’s info on that event, from the union:
SEIU will honor all who were killed in this horrific attack, as well as all workers and the San Bernardino community, at a Candlelight Vigil on Monday, December 7 at 5.p.m at the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors, 385 N Arrowhead Ave, San Bernardino. PLEASE JOIN US and show your support for our friends, family and colleagues in San Bernardino.
Union officials expressed shock and anger over the shootings, and publicly demanded that measures be taken to increase safety for public employees.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the senseless acts of violence in San Bernardino,” said SEIU 721 President Bob Schoonover. “This act has shaken us to our very core. We not only mourn for the 14 who were killed. We’re also demanding our leaders bring stronger safety protections for all public employees.”
“We are committed to heal from this tragedy, honor those who have lost their lives and comfort those who have been traumatized,” said SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry. “We will unite to demand that our nation does everything possible to ensure that no more families have to feel this pain, sadness and loss ever again.”
SEIU Local 721 said that in the coming weeks, they will “work towards short-term and long-term resolutions that prioritize the safety of public employees and the people they serve.”