Ohio Vigil Calls for Justice in Ferguson and at Home
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Prayer vigils were held in Ohio last night to call for justice in Ferguson, Missouri, where protests continue in reaction to the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a police officer.
The Ohio vigils were held at the same time as a 1,000-clergy march and rally was held at the prosecutor's office in St. Louis.
Eartha Terrell, a communications fellow with the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, says Ferguson is just a snapshot of what is happening around the country.
"By coming together to support what's happening in Ferguson, simultaneously we're coming together to talk about racial injustice and the social injustice problems that are also going on in Youngstown, Ohio, and Cincinnati, and in Dayton, and in Columbus and nationally," she says.
In Youngstown, more than a dozen congregations and organizations, and more than 100 local leaders, participated in the Faith on the Move prayer vigils.
And Terrell says the vigils mark the start of a series of open conversations to address the injustices faced by people of color in low-income communities both locally and nationally.
Terrell says Ferguson is a wake-up call for people to get involved in the democratic process and her group is working to build voter engagement on issues including health equity, livable wages and ending mass incarceration.
"You have to be the change that you want to see,” she says. “And so until people get involved with voting, locally, state and nationally, low-income communities and people of color, their neighborhoods will then begin to actually be empowered.”
Marchers in Ferguson and across the country called for an expedited grand jury hearing to consider an indictment for police officer Darren Wilson, and a special prosecutor for the case.