Vigils to mark losses planned for Portland parks
A series of candlelight vigils to acknowledge the loss of life over the past year are planned in Portland parks from May 21 to May 30.
The Rose City Rising vigils are supported by Friends of Noise, a nonprofit organization that seeks to foster healing and growth for creative youth.
"We are inviting people to attend candlelight vigils in local parks with small (public address) systems for open mic remembrances and mutual aid tabling groups in order for attendees to find the support they need to start their own healing journeys," said Andre Middleton, the secretary and executive director of the organization, which is providing the PA systems.
The May 30 vigil will be held at Pioneer Courthouse Square and simulcast on the Friends of Noise YouTube channel, Open Signal Ch 29 and XRAY.fm. It is partially funded with support from the City of Portland's Supporting Community Healing with Art Initiative.
"This will enable anyone in our region to see (American Sign Language) interpretation of the speakers and to listen to the vigil in the comfort of their homes," said Middleton.
In addition, the city is offering $40,000 for mourning and healing events throughout the city. Non-matching grants of $2,500 and $5,000 are available. More information is available here.
All vigils will start at 7 p.m. The schedule is:
May 21: Columbia Park, 4503 N. Lombard St.
May 22: Wellington Park, 6601 N.E. Mason St.
May 23: Wilshire Park, 4116 N.E. 33rd Ave.
May 24: King School Park, Northeast Sixth Avenue and Northeast Humboldt Street.
May 26: Laurelhurst Park, Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and Stark Street.
May 27: Lents Park, 4808 S.E. 92nd Ave.
May 28: Hamilton Park, 4300 S.W. 47th Dr.
May 29: Chapman Park, 2701 N.W. 27th Ave.
May 30: Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 S.W. Sixth Ave.
More information on Friends of Noise is available at friendsofnoise.org.
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