In a notice to Vermilion residents, Mayor Forthofer stated a vigil planned by a house of worship in Vermilion against social injustice is a constitutional right. The City of Vermilion will not interfere, but the Vermilion Police Department and county law enforcement are prepared to keep every law abiding person in Vermilion safe.
“I am sworn to uphold the Constitutional rights of everyone in Vermilion,” stated the mayor. “Whether it's someone dancing on a downtown sidewalk in their underwear promoting personal freedoms, or a house of worship holding a vigil against social injustice. The 1st Amendment applies to everyone equally.”
The mayor stated the City is prepared. “VPD and county law enforcement are prepared to keep every law abiding person in Vermilion safe, as always. Please don't make their job more difficult than necessary,” stated Mayor Forthofer.
The Vermilion United Church of Christ, Congregational Mission Committee is hosting “A Vigil To Stand Up For Racial Justice!” on Sunday, May 31st at 7 pm. “We must unite to stand up for our brothers and sisters that are dying by senseless violence,” stated the committee.
The event will take place on the front lawn of United Church of Christ Congregational, 990 State Street in Vermilion. Participants are asked to bring a poster, wear a mask and adhere to social distancing.
The building will be closed due to Covid. If you want or need a chair, bring your own. There is plenty of space to spread out on the front lawn, parking lot and across the street.
The vigil will last approximately half an hour. Guest speakers will speak. Donations will be collected to go to social justice groups.