WHEEL/Mary’s Place Women in Black Candlelight Vigil for all 2017 outdoor/violent homeless deaths. Starts at sunset (4:20 p.m.) at the Tree of Life at Steinbrueck Park (North of Pike Place Market) and then 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 at the SHARE/WHEEL offices between 2nd and 3rd off Stewart.
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 our vigils began 17 years ago, nearly 800 men, women and children have died outside or by violence. In 2017, we’ve broken our hearts & all previous records: at least 88 people have died outside or by violence—at the average age of 46 years old.
Please join us for our Women in Black Solstice activities, starting at sunset (4:20 PM) at our Tree of Life! Women and men are welcome; candles are provided, and we’ll join together for a post-vigil gathering to share stories, fellowship and comfort!