The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 is staging a Community Solidarity Night this evening at the Civic Circle in Longview, starting at 5:30 pm. Organizers are inviting union, non-union, families, friends and anyone else that’s interested to come and stand with them, looking to raise awareness regarding their claims that EGT has failed to follow through with the promises that they’ve made to the local community. A large crowd is anticipated, and in connection with that, the City of Longview is shutting down early today. City officials announced yesterday that the Longview City Hall and the Longview Public Library will close at 4 pm today, to try and help ease the influx of traffic that’s expected. In addition to today’s event, the Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association is announcing that they’re going to hold a prayer gathering at 1 pm on Sunday, also at R. A. Long Park in the Civic Circle. Association President Mark Schmutz says that this Sunday’s event “will not be a time for speeches,” saying that the group is concerned about the escalating violence connected to this dispute. He says that they’ll be praying for peace, on behalf of all the people in their congregations, union member, law enforcement and local business people. He emphasizes that they’re not taking any sides in the dispute.