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Hands around the Square


Celebrating our Differences, Demonstrating our Unity



October 2 at 6 p.m. at the Porter County courthouse square Valparaiso, IN

Come show your support for peace & unity in our city on October 2!

We're going to stand up for the unity of all the good people in Valparaiso, and stand against hatred/exclusion of all kinds, no matter the source.

Our main objective is to gather as many people from all walks of life as possible at the Porter County courthouse square to surround it in a candlelight vigil for peace, unity & the inclusion of all people in our city amidst all our diversity. To demonstrate in numbers our support for each other & for Valparaiso, and that we stand against exclusion, discrimination, bias-motivated incidents, bigotry & hatred. Those from surrounding communities who support our cause are also invited to attend.

Invite your family & friends! Speakers: Mayor Jon Costas-representing the city of Valparaiso. Superintendent Dr. Andrew Melin-representing the Valparaiso Community Schools. Tom Isakson, New Creation Men's Center-representing the homeless & socio-economically challenged. Carol Dahlen, Advantage Pointe-representing women & biracials. Javier Aguilar, Gloria Dei Mission-giving memorial to the late Rev. Lloyd Miller of FUMC. Pastor Rich Schmidt, Living Hope Community Church--Ieading final prayer/meditation. Christine Hisick, event founder. Event D.J--Planetarv. HATS will feature a community balloon release, a musical D.J. and free hot chocolate/coffee for our guests. Children are welcome & encouraged to partici pate.

Bring a wide-based candle that can stand on its own & something to light it with. Bring all your friends & family. Bring your hands around the square! Sponsors

Porter Health System, Valparaiso Human Relations Council, Valparaiso University Diversity Concems Committee,

Linda Hazelton, WVLP 98.3 FM, Comucopia Coffee, Valparaiso Department of Parks & Recreation, Valparaiso Police

Department, GracePoint, Schultz Floral Shop, Stephanie Wallace Photography

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