WHEEL / Women in Black invite you to a candlelight vigil for all 2018 outdoor/violent homeless deaths. It will begin at sunset (4:20 p.m.) at the Tree of Life in Victor Steinbrueck Park (North of Pike Place Market) and then there will be a silent procession to a silent vigil at Westlake Park (4th and Pine) from 5 – 6 p.m. There will also be a post-vigil gathering with food and fellowship.
December 21st is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. The National Coalition for the Homeless designates it “National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.” On this day, WHEEL (a grassroots organizing effort) and Mary’s Place (an ecumenical ministry) will stand a special one-hour, candlelight, Women in Black vigil to remember all the homeless men and women who have died this year outside or by violence in King County. Since the vigils began 18 years ago, more than 950 men, women and children have died outside or by violence. In 2018, we’ve broken our hearts & all previous records: at least 108 people have died outside or by violence—at the average age of 49 years old.
Women and men are welcome; candles are provided, and there will be a post-vigil gathering to share stories, fellowship and comfort!