Local members of the national labor union The Industrial Workers of the World gathered Saturday night to remember one of their own.
A 32-year-old woman who was killed when a man deliberately drove into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally in Virginia, was also a member of the union.
“This is a serious loss for us. One of our comrades died today,” one union member at the El Cajon vigil said. “It could have been one of us.”
About 60 people showed up to the hastily put together vigil with a simple message – They denounce white supremacy and right-wing groups that use violence to continue to suppress minority groups and people of color.
“It could have been any of us!”
Vigil is organized in El Cajon after man slams car into group of counterprotesters in Charlottesville #NBC7pic.twitter.com/qOTTTiuNKy
– Astrid Solorzano (@solorzanoastrid) August 13, 2017
Families came with children to light candles and stand in unity against hate. Other social justice organizations also came to support the candlelight vigil. Participant Claire Douglas said a member of her group was also injured when James Alex Fields, Jr. slammed his car into the crowd in Charlottesville.
She says despite the shock and fear from today’s actions, it’s necessary to organize.
“People are really scared,” she said. “I think this kind of demonstration makes people think like I should just stay home, and I think … that what we … absolutely need to do is to be bigger than them, be more organized than them and show them we are the majority.”
A walk of peace has been organized as well as a second candle light vigil tomorrow.
Organizers say they won’t be intimidated by hate groups and will mourn peacefully and safely.