Members of Unidad Latina en Acción gathered on Monday for a vigil, lighting 186 candles: one for each New Haven resident who has died of COVID-19. The vigil, along with a separate demonstration earlier on Monday, sought to address the pain and hardship brought on by the pandemic.
Around 20 residents gathered on the steps of City Hall on Monday night for the vigil — a commemorative event organized by ULA in partnership with Black and Brown United in Action. Attendees arranged rows of white paper bag lanterns numbered from one to 186, placing in each bag a small lit candle. The glowing line of lights spanned the length of City Hall’s steps, a somber reminder of the total number of New Haven residents who have lost their lives during the pandemic.