City to Host Gathering in Response to Shooting Deaths of Nine in Charleston

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D) to Speak at "Gathering" at Merrill Auditorium

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D) to Speak at “Gathering” at Merrill Auditorium

By Carol McCracken  (Post # 2,331)

Motivated by the recent shooting deaths of nine black people in Charleston, South Carolina, the city of Portland and other groups are hosting a community gathering on Monday, June 22nd from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. The multi-faith gathering will be held at Merrill Auditorium, Portland.

US Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D) will speak at the gathering.

“When acts of violence like this occur, we must speak out against it, and stand together in saying it has no place in our community and in our country,” said Mayor MIchael Brennan, in a press released this afternoon by city spokesperson Jessica Grondin.

The Remembrance will be hosted by the City of Portland, the NAACP Portland Branch, Portland’s Racial Justice Congress, Green Memorial AME Zion Church, and Williams Temple Church of God in Christ.  In attendance will be Mayor Brennan, Acting City Manager Michael Sauschuck and incoming City Manager Jon Jennings and other City officials as well.

This gathering will be an opportunity to not only honor the lives lost in Charleston, but to call for the end of violence and proliferation of racism.

All are welcome.