Steuben Democrats and Courtney Tritch Support Charlottesville Vigil

On Monday, August 15, the Steuben County Democrats, along with the Community Coalition for Change (CCC) and representatives of Indivisible Indiana gathered on the steps of the Steuben County Courthouse for a candlelight vigil honoring the victims of the recent violence in Charlottesville, VA. Bill Shuman and Sarah Young, the Steuben Dems’ treasurer and secretary were there, as was Mayor Hickman. Candidate Courtney Tritch sent the following statement:

“Residents of Northeast Indiana, I wish I could be with you personally tonight, but I am there in spirit. I stand side by side with you in this fight against the domestic terrorism we just witnessed in Charlottesville. I am horrified and shocked that such a thing could happen in our country. Hatred and bigotry are not American values, and they certainly are not Hoosier values. We are at an important crossroads in American history and we must speak out loudly and clearly against this rising tide of intolerance. We need to stand shoulder to shoulder as brothers and sisters of all colors and creeds.

Candles are being lit in honor of Charlottesville at vigils like these across the country tonight. We must not let that light go out. We must carry it forward tomorrow and every day after that. Our country is currently divided on many fronts. Here is a place where we can stand together and say that white supremacy has no home here. In northeast Indiana, we choose unity. We choose liberty. We choose equality. And perhaps most importantly, we choose love, not hate.”
We thank everyone who attended the vigil and all those who were there in spirit. We are particularly grateful to CCC member Susan Kipfer Catterall for organizing the event. Let’s continue to work together for those Hoosier values of liberty, equality, and love.

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