For those of you who could not make it, “Light Up the Night from Charlottesville to Chinatown: No Hate,” a program and candlelight vigil, was held at the Chinese Culture Center and on the Lowe Community Bridge on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. Held on the eve of the “Patriot’s Prayer,” a right-wing rally set for Crissy Field, “Light Up the Night” attracted nearly 300 people to stand in solidarity with anti-white supremacists protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Heather Heyer, a white woman protester, died from injuries suffered as a white supremacist drove his car into the crowd.
During the evening program, several video clips were presented on the history and aims of the white supremacist movement followed by determined messages of resistance from elected officials and community activists. A full account of the program can be found in an article in AsAm News. Joyce Lam from Chinese Progressive Association and Annette Wong from Chinese for Affirmative Action were co-emcees for the program.
We concluded the event by lighting candles and singing freedom songs on the Lowe Community Bridge. We wish to thank Rev. Norman Fong and Mabel Teng for emceeing the vigil and to pianist Gordon Jeung of Jest Jammin and singer Laurene Chan of Cameron House.
This event was made possible through the combined effort of the following groups and individuals: Chinese for Affirmative Action, Chinese Historical Society of America, Chinese Progressive Association, Chinatown Community Development Corporation, OCA – San Francisco, OCA – San Mateo, Cynthia Choi, Rev. Norman Fong, Justine Lee, Esther Leong, Felicia Lowe, Joyce Leung, Darin Ow-Wing, Vincent Pan, Mabel Teng, and Eddie Wong.