On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday rooted in solidarity, one Bay Ridge based group held its annual Candlelight Vigil for Peace.
On Sunday, January 15, Peace Action Bay Ridge — a group of locals dedicated to peace initiatives — met at Bay Ridge Methodist Church (7420 Fourth Avenue) with one common goal: ending gun violence.
“Gun violence is a public health epidemic,” wrote the group in an invite to the event. “Each year, more than 33,000 Americans die in suicides, homicides, and unintentional shootings. More than two and a half times that number are injured. America’s gun death rate is unacceptably high and far above other Western industrialized nations.”
The vigil — which was decorated with signs that read, “disarm” — kicked off at 6 p.m. and saw support from group members, as well as neighbors from the community.