August 14, 2017
OMAHA, Neb.(WOWT) — It was a solemn show of support, following a day of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday.
“The best way to heal is for people to come together,” Layne Jensen said. “In times like this, it’s not a right or left issue. This is a human issue.”
Which is why Jensen and the group Indivisible Nebraskans quickly organized a vigil in Turner Park. It was a vigil that brought out hundreds Sunday night.
“It’s right or wrong,” Gina Durfee said. “There’s only one side that you can reasonably be on in this vigil we’re doing tonight.”
Durfee was one of the first to come down, saying it is important for all to step up.
“I do believe that there’s much more good in the world than bad,” Durfee said. “I think it’s important for people who believe what we believe not remain silent.”
Speaking up for those reeling after the violence that left one woman dead. She was mowed down by a car after protesting a gathering of white nationalists and neo-Nazis. It is an act that has gotten politicians on both sides speaking up.
“I was very proud of many of my Republican colleagues,” former Congressman Brad Ashford said.
Ashford said everyone should be outraged by what happened, arguing that opposition to the violence is not a matter of politics.
“The values that we hold dear here don’t accept that sort of thing,” Ashford said. “We do have to stand up.”
As just about anyone at Sunday’s vigil said we should all come together to heal.
“We, at the end of the day, are all humans,” Jensen said. “We’re all Americans. We should support and love one another.”
Ashford’s successor, Republican Congressman Don Bacon, also chimed in following Saturday’s deadly violence. He said on Twitter there was no room for bigotry in the United States and has called for all to unite against it.