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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Vigil for Nicholas Thomas to draw interfaith groups and community activists

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An interfaith vigil in support of the Nicholas Taft Thomas family will be held tonight at Smyrna City Hall, 2800 King Street in Smyrna, Ga.  The vigil, a period of purposeful sleeplessness and prayer, is the first of several initiatives planned by community activists in response to Thomas' killing while he was at work. Thomas was unarmed when shot dead by Smyrna police in cooperation with Cobb County police.

"Participating in the organizing of this initiative are an unprecedented number of organizations," said Rich Pellegrino of Cobb Immigrant Alliance. "We are working together with the family and their attorneys to align our actions and messaging with their goals."

Pellegrino said the public should not be swayed by how the killing of Thomas is being portrayed in the media. "This goes without saying but do not believe all the reports regarding the incident or about Nicholas that are put out by the media and the police as they contain misleading discrepancies."

This story is still developing, with the police releasing yesterday the name of the officer who killed Thomas.

It is predicted that the vigil will bring together members from the following groups and many more:
Moral Monday (Kath)
Sankofa United Church of Christ
Active Voices
National Action Network
Black Political Action Group (BPAG)
Solutions Not Punishment – BT
Stop Mass Incarceration
Cobb Peoples Agenda-Sharon Hill
Greater Works Ministries
United Church of Christ
Georgia Community Coalition
New Order National Human Rights Organization
Occupy Homes Atlanta
Law Firm Davis & Bozeman—Anana Parris
Giving a Hand
Southern Anti-Racism Network
Lakeside Family Life Church
Rise Up Georgia
Hello Racism
Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church—Pastor Jeff Jones
Powder Springs Task Force—Joan Trent
Parental Empowerment Institute—Troya Sampson
National Coalition to Combat Police Terrorism
Cobb Immigrant Alliance
Saving Our Selves

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