A vigil to remember those who have lost their lives to domestic violence will be held Thursday evening in East Los Angeles.
The 22nd Annual Mujeres de Paz Candlelight Vigil will take place Oct. 3 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The procession will assemble at a Virgin of Guadalupe mural at the corner Mednik and César Chávez Avenue and end at the East Los Angeles College Performing Arts Center Courtyard.
A ceremony honoring survivors and victims will include remarks by Miss World America California, Manju Bangalore, participant testimonials, an altar made by the ELAWC youth and a performance by Aztec dancers and music.
The annual event is hosted by the East Los Angeles Women’s Center (ELAWC) in collaboration with East Los Angeles College.
“Everyone in the community is encouraged to remember those who have lost their lives to domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and connect with those who work to end domestic violence,” Barbara Kappos, Executive Director of ELAWC, said in a press release. “While strides have been made in awareness and prevention, domestic violence still affects 1 in 4 women in her lifetime.”
Kappos added that domestic violence does not discriminate, affecting all ages, ethnic, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds and devastating children who witness violence in the home.
ELAWC is a private, non-profit organization that provides comprehensive bilingual, bicultural crisis intervention, health, and social support services to underserved women and their children impacted by domestic and sexual, violence, and HIV/AIDS, with an emphasis on Latino communities.
For information call 323-526-5819.