On the afternoon of Mar. 6, about 100 people gathered in front of the Old Federal Building on the corner of 7th and Pearl for a Vigil for Peace — a global day of action in support of Ukrainians in their war defending against a Russian invasion.
Beginning at 1 p.m., the group of about 40 people started the event by holding signs such as “Healthcare Not Warfare” and “No Wars” as others steadily showed up. Less than half an hour later, the crowd had already grown to about 100 people and had taken over all four corners of the intersection.
Once almost everyone had shown up, the microphone was opened-up for those to speak about why they were attending the vigil. The first person who spoke said that “we’re in a new age” and that it was time to “disband [the North Atlantic Treaty Organization].” A Raging Granny spoke, too. She raged against the current war and said that we don’t need to be using Russian oil to just cut the country off.
A few more speakers spoke in-between the supportive honks and engine revs of passersby until formally ending the vigil around 2 p.m.