In Light of All in the Riverwest Community

On December 7, the Riverwest community surrounding St. Casimir’s Church on Bremen and Clark Street will be “lighting up” the neighborhood. The intention is to bring our neighborhood into light, a symbolic action to “ignite” neighborhood safety, community, future restoration projects, and activities to come. Neighbors will not be in the dark; we will be lit in action. The “Lighting up our community” event was set in motion by the Bremen Street Block Watch, surrounding business owners, St. Casimir’s Church, and many neighbors in the community. We want to light up our streets, restore our buildings, improve safety, and most importantly have the people in the community come out at night to enjoy our neighborhood rather than fear it. How do we do this? We do this by sponsoring positive community events where “we the people” inundate the streets, come out of our homes, and create the environment we want. On December 7, at 10 a.m. we will begin stringing white lights on St. Casimir’s Church, surrounding businesses, homes, and trees. “Lighting up Our Community” will feature local musicians and singers. At 2:30 p.m. the local percussion group One Drum, St. Casimir’s Church Choir, Gospel singers, and others will begin performing. At 5:30 p.m., we will plug our lights in together, light up our neighborhood, and bless the activities to come. We are asking people in the Riverwest Community to donate plain white outdoor Christmas lights. No frills, just plain white light. We are also asking local businesses, as well as large companies, to bring white lights to help our cause. The drop off point for contributions will be at Bremen Cafe on the corner of Bremen and Clark Streets. We also ask people of all color and denomination to come forth, participate, and help in “Lighting up Our Community.” In all cultures the spirit of white light is one and the same. Please come on December 7, in light of our neighborhood. Riverwest Currents – Volume 1 – Issue 11 – December 2002
by Lygia Angel