A group of politically engaged residents is inviting the public to an event this evening near the courthouse to demonstrate unity and compassion in a time of divisive political rhetoric.
The event, organized by Indivisible-Kerr County, will be from 6 to 7 p.m. on the sidewalk on the courthouse side of Sidney Baker and Main Streets.
The group has encouraged attendees “to silently display signs advocating for kindness and compassion, and demanding compassionate legislation for all those seeking refuge and a better life in the U.S.,” according to a press release from the group.
“We’ve had the two horrible mass murders in Texas last month, we’ve had the anniversary of Sept. 11, we’ve had so many things that have an impact on our citizens,” said Ingram resident Jeannette Ruark, a co-organizer of the event. “We thought we just need to have something that pulls us together as citizens.”
Ruark said the group isn’t advocating any specific legislation or policy.
“When people go vote, we want them to consider what’s in their hearts — what they demand from their legislators when they have compassion in their hearts,” Ruark said. “Legislators are responsible to us; they are our employees.”
Ruark said attendees are welcome to silently display signs of a religious or nonreligious nature that advocate compassion.
“We are trying to find commonalities, not differences,” she said.