Hope and Light: A Chicago Nerd Vigil Against White Supremacy
September 2, 2017, 7:30pm - September 2, 2017, 7:30pm
Hope and Light:
A Chicago Nerd Vigil Against White Supremacy
"Rebellions are built on Hope" - Jyn Erso
"For a thousand generations the Jedis were a symbol of PEACE" - Obi-wan Kenobi
In a time of great darkness, we must be the light. We call upon all nerds to recognize the need to speak out against hate and to continue to accept more diversity into our communities. The nerd community denounces hate and white supremacy in all forms and stands together in light.
The rise of nerd culture typically has left behind or stereotyped minorities. We cannot celebrate our nerd culture without recognizing its own hateful past. At the vigil, we ask that each one of us put down the real weapons of hatred and bring our favorite light prop or costume to lift in peace.
We will meet as a community, speak of an active, peaceful resistance, and do a mindfulness exercise to lift our light. Cosplay is extremely welcome. We ask that the theme be heroic. Any genres and heroes are welcome. Please do not use this time to debate why your villain cosplay should be considered heroic. This is not the time or place. If you chose to be involved, we ask that you respect these parameters.
We have double-checked our legality with legal council. If we follow the guidelines established in this post we will be acting completely in the boundaries of the law
In the spirit of a peaceful vigil, if we are met with resistance from the authorities we will comply and disband peacefully. As previously stated, this vigil is pursuing due diligence with respect to the law and we are not there to argue with police. We fully recognize the need for continued dialogue on police action, but this is a night of compassion and remembrance.
In line with the spirit of the assembly, this vigil seeks to build community in a peaceful way. Your outrage is welcome. Violence is not. This is meant to be family friendly in every way.
We acknowledge the importance of people, particularly white people, to continue to show up and resist. However, protest and counter-protest are not always the place for younglings, particularly recently. We would like to stress that this is a family friendly event and many adult participants can, do, and will participate in other protests and counter-protests. This event is a statement of solidarity with marginalized communities and we want the youth in our community to participate.
No guns of any kind:
Cosplay with guns or prop guns are absolutely not tolerated. If we see a device that resembles a gun, we will immediately call the authorities.
Risk of Counter Protest:
There is always that chance. We ask that all attendees be mindful of their surroundings. We ask that everyone takes the pertinent time to consider their risk. The organizers cannot accept responsibility for safety.
For legal and social issues, we won’t allow masks. We ask that anyone who shows up be identified by their face to all.
No Signs. No Amplification
Due to restrictions, we are not allowed to carry signs or use amplification. We will have several speakers with a message of active resistance and peace. They will speak loudly and we will listen closely.
Where: Chicago Federal Plaza under the "Flamingo" sculpture.
When: September 2nd 7:30 pm. Vigil will last less than an hour.