Dozens of communities plan vigils to mourn El Paso victims, condemn white supremacy

More than 45 communities across the country are planning to hold vigils Wednesday to mourn the victims of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, and condemn the white supremacist ideology that authorities said motivated the alleged shooter.

The vigils will "remember and celebrate the lives lost, and recommit to confronting the contemptible worldview behind the violence committed," according to a statement from the organizers, which include groups like the Border Network for Human Rights and the Refugee And Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.


Several vigils are scheduled for Texas, with others planned for cities like Chicago, Boston and Washington.

"This is the resistance of our communities, across this country, against white supremacy, against unfettered access to weapons of war, against the Trump hate agenda, against a worldview that sows misery and contempt for human life," the groups said.

Other advocacy groups involved in organizing the vigils include the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance and the Poor People’s Campaign.

The vigils come just days after a mass shooting killed 22 people in El Paso over the weekend. The suspected gunman allegedly posted a manifesto warning of a “Hispanic invasion.”

The day after that shooting, nine people were killed by a gunman in Dayton, Ohio.

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