Hoosiers gather for Vigil Call to action to reclaim Indiana’s Future

INDIANAPOLIS – On March 23rd, the one-year anniversary of Indiana’s COVID-19 lockdown, hundreds of Hoosiers from Indiana’s smallest towns and biggest cities will join together on the South statehouse lawn and online for a socially-distanced vigil, white paper report release, and press conference.

At the event, diverse Hoosiers will share their stories, honor their losses, and call on the Indiana General Assembly to ensure that all Hoosiers, whether we are black, white, or brown, are able to recover from this crisis.

Hoosier Action Resource Center will also release a white paper report detailing the struggles Hoosiers have faced in the past year.

What: A Vigil, White Paper Release, and Press Conference
When: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Where: Indiana Statehouse, South Lawn and live-streamed online at

Vigil & Call to Action Schedule:

  • 11:00 am Tour the toll that 2020 has taken on Hoosiers. Visit stations around the statehouse to learn about what Hoosiers have experienced in the past year.
  • 11:30 am Vigil Faith Leaders from across the state will lead us in an interfaith vigil to mourn what we’ve lost in the past year.
  • 12:15 pm Press Conference. Hoosier Action Leaders and others will share their stories, and call on the Indiana General Assembly to honor our losses and legislate on our behalf.

Press Conference Speakers:

  • Kim White-Mills, Hamilton County Hoosier Action Leader
  • April Lopossa, Morgan County Hoosier Action Leader
  • Mary Hess, Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life
  • David Schell, Morgan County Hoosier Action Leader
  • Taylor Gibson, Campus Action Student Leader from Lake County
  • Destiny Faceson, Grassroots Maternal and Child Health Leader
  • Samantha Kern, Hamilton County Hoosier Action Leader
  • Dr. William Cooke, Scott County Physician
  • Kathy Thorpe, Morgan County Hoosier Action Leader
  • Mary McCloskey, Indiana Unemployment Peer to Peer Information Facebook Group

Faith Leaders:

  • Pastor Amanda Meade, First Christian Church of Jeffersonville
  • Rabbi Brett Krichiver, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
  • Imam Michael Saahir, Nur-Allah Islamic Center, Indianapolis
  • Pastor Everett Pimpleton, Empowerment Church, New Albany