Safety Pin Nation Hosts #StrongerTogetherAZ Peace Vigil

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Safety Pin Nation Hosts #StrongerTogetherAZ Peace Vigil
Source: Safety Pin Nation

The #StrongerTogetherAZ Peace Vigil is a peaceful vigil that is the kick-off event for Safety Pin Nation™ Movement in Arizona. The event will take place on the east side of Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, AZ ((1202 N. 3rd St.) near the Phoenix Center for the Arts) on January 20th from 7pm to 9pm. We have permission from the park manager to hold this public assembly on the east side of the park. We are working with the Phoenix PD to help with parking and safety. This Peace Vigil is a way for like-minded individuals to gather together in solidarity, sing songs of peace and healing and share plans of positive community-based action. This is not a march.  This event is not taking place at the capitol and is not affiliated with other events happening at the capitol on the same day. We will not have guest speakers on this inaugural event, instead, we will all be one collective voice in song.

 We ask that each attendee (age 18+) RSVP, which involves letting us know: who you are, what cause is most important to you and, finally, what your post Peace Vigil plan of action will be. Each attendee must have a plan of action, so do not RSVP until you have decided how you want to move forward. See below options:

1) donating money (directly) to a Safety Pin Nation™ partnering organization/project* (or other of your choice)

2) volunteering at one of our Safety Pin Nation™ partnering organizations/projects* (or other of your choice)

3) or making phone calls/writing letters to express your concerns to local, state and national leadership

*All Safety Pin partnering organizations can be found under the “Be a local changemaker” tab.

 WHAT TO BRING

Bring cause-centered signs. Bring LED candles or turn on your cell phone lights. The Phx PD and Park management have requested we do not use flame-lit candles. Bring family and friends. Peace and Love are not dead. They are alive WITHIN US and stronger when we are together. Be there January 20th at 7pm!

WHAT TO WEAR

Buy your glow-in-the-dark Safety Pin Nation™ #strongertogetheraz T-shirt here. Wear it proudly over warm underlayers. We ask that each adult attendee purchase a t-shirt to wear to the event to help defray the start-up expenses of this event. We would have loved to offer hoodies, but the shipping became too complicated/costly. Every purchased t-shirt and bumper sticker we sell will support homeless Phoenix youth in need through our unique partnership with Tumble Tees! Learn precisely how they will benefit by clicking here.

WHAT TO DO

Never been to a peace vigil? No worries. The word vigil comes from the Latin word “vigilia” which is related to the words vigilant, watchful and awakening. This peace vigil is a Safety Pin Nation™ awakening. We are not in mourning. We are awake and committed to taking action to support the causes in which we believe. Follow these simple peace vigil guidelines and you’ll fit right in:

– Sing! Learn the songs ahead of time.

– Shine your lights (LED candles or cellphone lights) to the music.

– Talk to your fellow peace vigil attendees and see what their cause is, ask about their plan of action.

– Take pictures and post them on social media using the hash tags #strongertogetheraz and #safetypinnationaz

– Enjoy the solidarity. We are many. We are strong. We will make a difference together.

HOST FAMILIES

There are quite a few families across the Phoenix Metro that have volunteered to host attendees coming from out of town. Please contact our Host Family Coordinator, Sarah James, and let her know if you are wanting to host or are in need of a place to stay.

PARKING/TRANSPORT

If you are driving in, please do not use the Phoenix Center for the Arts parking lot and, instead, park on the streets and in any public parking facilities downtown. Phx PD asks everyone to please lock their vehicle doors and take any valuables with or lock them in the trunk. Please reference the following link for downtown  transport information:

https://dtphx.org/things-to-do/getting-around/

Consider using the Valley Metro:

https://www.valleymetro.org/

SONGS

There will be five choir-led secular peace-centered songs throughout the evening:

7:00p.m. Put a little love in your heart  lyrics – Jackie DeShannon

7:30p.m. Heal the world lyrics – Michael Jackson

8:00p.m. Together we can change the world lyrics – Mark Shepard

8:30p.m. Better Together – Krystylle Richardson

8:45p.m. Give Peace a Chance – John Lennon

See the song book and rehearsal location, dates and times here. We would like to thank Daniel Ford, founder and president of the Divine Intervention Gospel Alliance (DIGA), and Krystylle Richardson, President and Founder of Full Color Movement International and Faith Celebration Ministries International and Music Director for DIGA, for volunteering to coordinate the choir. Krystylle will be the lead director for the #strongertogetheraz choir and will be coordinating the rehearsals. Please email Krystylle at [email protected] if you are interested in joining the choir. If you can’t make the rehearsals, use the links above and be ready to sing your hearts out!

CLEAN-UP

We have reserved our public space from 7pm-9pm and request that all participants spend a few minutes before they leave to make sure the park is cleaner than when we arrived. Please bring a garbage bag for clean-up and take your trash with you.

PEACE VIGIL RULES

– All attendees must RSVP by 11:59pm January 6th and order their event t-shirt by that time.

– No flame-lit candles.

– No tents, tables, stands or stages. Feel free to bring chairs if you need to sit.

– No selling of any items, including food or drink.

– Be respectful of all police officers. They are there for our safety. Please thank them.

– Use the restroom before you arrive…there will be no restroom facilities at the park.

– No violence. We are a peaceful movement taking action through solidarity and engaging in local organizations supporting the causes in which we believe.

– Use Peace Vigil-sensitive signage as best as your heart allows. This is a family-friendly event, so please be conscious of your choice of language. Example: “Dump Trump” would not be the best choice for a Peace Vigil. Instead, try to focus your signage on the cause(s) you support. “I fight for women’s rights” or “We are bully blockers” would be good examples.

– Leave the park cleaner than when you arrived. Show the Earth some love. : )

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