To learn more about vigils, visit these links below:
The National Vigil Project - Overview
The National Vigil Project is patterned
after the social movement known as Mothers of the Disappeared
in Argentina. Starting in the 1970s, these Argentine mothers
met each week in the Plaza de Mayo carrying photos of their missing
children and loved ones. The simple but dramatic demonstration
is remembered as helping force a brutal military regime from
power and ending Argentina's "Dirty War."
Vigil Project calls for special, public attention to similar
disappearances of drug war prisoners into the hidden confines
of the powerful U.S. prison industrial complex. November Coalition
volunteers have successfully organized vigils in many communities
Vigil leaders have many opportunities
to raise awareness of the drug war, and some responsibilities.
To understand what these responsibilities are, visit the Vigil
Report web pages to see what others have already accomplished
in their communities. As vigil reports reveal, a leader begins
a regularly scheduled vigil with a few friends, or new friends
meet through the network of November Coalition members and other
local social justice reformers. Usually held at courthouses and
outside jails or prisons, they meet weekly, monthly, quarterly
or in response to a particular event or pending legal decision.
We have prepared a set of vigil guidelines, goals, and other
web pages that should instruct and hopefully inspire your participation.
After reviewing this information and if you are interested in
leading a vigil, please fill out and send the Vigil
Questionnaire to our office. A member of our staff will acknowledge
receipt and set up a time for a phone conversation. If you have
any questions our website does not address, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and a
member of our staff will respond.
Some of our past vigils