Williamstown, Massachusetts community groups have united to put on a weekly anti-racism vigil.
The First Congregational Church in Williamstown is partnering with Greylock Together, a social justice group in Northern Berkshire County, to hold the vigils. Rachel Payne, the church’s pastoral intern, says they will allow the community to mourn those lost to police brutality, like George Floyd, whose death in Minneapolis police custody set off international protests.
“In addition to mourning and reflection, it’s an opportunity for us to recommit ourselves to the work of confronting white supremacy and changing our community so it’s a place where all people can thrive,” she told WAMC.
The vigils will be Fridays at 5 p.m. at Field Park and are currently scheduled to run into the fall.