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Residents Gather by Candlelight for Peace and Solidarity with Charlottesville

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Hate cannot drive out hate. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto.net
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Candlelight Gathering for Peace and Solidarity with Charlottesville at Brookdale Park NJ August 13 2017. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto.net
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People from Bloomfield, Montclair, Nutley, Verona, Clifton and other communities came together for the vigil for Charlottesville. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto.net
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Lighting candles from a single flame at the vigil for Charlottesville in Broookdale Park Essex County NJ. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto.net
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"Only light can chase out the darkness" at the vigil for Charlotesville in Brookdale Park. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto.net
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American flags waved as those gathered sung familiar songs at the vigil for Charlottesville. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto.net
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Navy veteran Congressional Candidate Mikie Sherrill spoke to those gathered for the vigil for Charlottesville. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto.net
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Young and old, with children and dogs in tow came to Brookdale Park for the Charlottesville vigil Credits: John Lee / TAPinto.net
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New friends enjoyed each others company at the vigil in peace and solidarity with Charlottesville in Brookdale Park Credits: John Lee / TAPinto.net
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Participants shared photos and video of the #Charlottesville vigil across social media. Credits: John Lee / TAPinto.net
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The candle light vigil concluded under cover of dark Credits: John Lee / TAPinto.net
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Candlelight Gathering for Peace and Solidarity with Charlottesville at Brookdale Park NJ August 13 2017. Credits: John Lee /TAPinto.net
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BLOOMFIELD / MONTCLAIR, NJ - Nearly 400 people gathered Sunday evening in Essex County Brookdale Park in a vigil of peace and solidarity with Charlottesvillle, Virginia after the domestic terrorist attack on Saturday. 

Men and women, young and old, families and single people, arrived at the archery fields by car, on foot, by bike, and with dogs in tow around 7 p.m. to come together as one people in solidarity with the Charlottesville victims and their families. Differences in age, gender, color, creed, and religion fell by the wayside as the groups joined in song in including, 'This Land Is Your Land." 

The event was organized within nearly 24 hours. 

Community leaders and clergy spoke to the assembled citizens, but the evening was primarily about the citizens, not the leaders of the vigil. The 90 minute vigil started as the sun was still illuminating the park, and ended as darkness fell and the hundreds of candles illuminated the faces of people who arrived as strangers but left with a sense of kinship.

 

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