Vigil held to remember the “Sanctuary City”

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A vigil was held on the lawn of St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of “Sanctuary City.”

In 2004, dozens of tents were set up on the lawn of the church after a homeless shelter had closed, leaving many people with no place to go.

The homeless encampment stayed on the lawn for three months before it moved to the parking lot of the Open Pantry where people lived for another three months.

Members of Arise for Social Justice told 22News the purpose of Tuesday’s vigil was to call attention to the needs of the homeless community here in western Massachusetts.

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