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Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 01/ 9/2011

Giffords's synagogue holds vigil; tributes unfold online

By Emi Kolawole and James Buck

Virtual tributes unfold on Twitter (Update: 1:5 p.m.)

A kind of virtual vigil has appeared on Twitter, led by users asking people to follow Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Twitter account in a show of respect for the wounded Congresswoman.

Giffords' account grew by roughly 3,000 followers Sunday morning, according to a cached version of her page.

Now following @Rep_Giffords as a small gesture of solidarity and great respect. I ask all of you to do the same. #follow@Rep_Giffordsless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

Others worked to mobilize celebrities and political pundits on Twitter, asking for displays of bipartisan support in wake of the shooting.

@KeithOlbermann As bipartisan support for her recovery, not for political reasons, may I humbly suggest people follow @Rep_Giffords?less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Will you be attending a vigil for Rep. Giffords?

Send us details of vigils in your area (place, time and link with hashtags #Giffords #vigil) or send us photos, and we'll round them up here.

Giffords's synagogue holds vigil

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's (D-Ariz.) synagogue has scheduled a vigil at 9 a.m. local time. Giffords belongs to the reform synagogue Congregation Chaverim.

Giffords, Arizona's first Jewish congresswoman, had her wedding to Navy captain and astronaut Mark Kelly officiated by Rabbi Stephanie Aaron in 2007.

A vigil was held Saturday night on Capitol Hill for Giffords and the victims of the Tucson shooting, which left Giffords critically injured, and a nine year-old girl and federal judge John Roll among those dead.

Local news accounts list a number of vigils that will be held throughout the day Sunday in Arizona.

By Emi Kolawole and James Buck  | January 9, 2011; 10:15 AM ET
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Which forces the broader question, despite one’ s political leanings, are we now to be wary of those individual­s who differ with a point of view to the point of violence? If history is a guide- it seems yes ( from the civil war in the 1860′s, the assassinat­ions of various US presidents­, the violent usurping of student protests in the 60 and 70′s fighting for civil rights and our pull out from Vietnam). As much as we prefer open discussion and gentleman discussion­s on night time TV that (cynically­) entertains us and relieves us personally of having to force change in society it has often come down in history to violent confrontat­ions, the pitting of entrenched interests and those who seek justice. 

Although Jared Lee Loughton was seeking justice in his own eyes, he has only ended up committing violent and reprehensi­ble damage, one has to wonder – has American politics now come down to physical confrontat­ions, the actions of a supposed single ‘mad man’ in this instance or the logical extension of polemical politics in America laden with distrust, unease, smear campaigns, acts of vandalism or perhaps anti government rhetoric that have gone from your Bill O Reilly TV room to your bloody Arizonian Saturday morning shopping mall?

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