Marquette Grassroots Activists Plan Lights for Liberty Vigil

July 10, 2019

Marquette, MI – Lights for Liberty: A Nationwide Vigil to End Human Detention Camps has events scheduled on five continents and in nearly 600 locations this Friday night, July 12th from 7 to 9 pm. In Marquette, activists and friends will meet at Mattson Park in the Lower Harbor.

Beginning at 7 pm on July 12th, advocates, activists, and impacted persons will speak on the issue of human detention camps in the United States. At 9 pm, around the country and around the world, participants will light their lights in a silent vigil for all those held in US detention camps to bring light to the darkness of this horrific policy.

Nationally, sponsors include SEIU, American Federation of Teachers, American Farm Workers, Dolores Huerta Foundation, New Sanctuary Coalition, Fair Immigration Reform Movement, Border Network for Human Rights, Witness Homestead, numerous frontline immigration advocacy organizations, a multitude of faith-based organizations, the Women’s March, and Indivisible.

Randi Weingarten, President of American Federation of Teachers, said: “We are teachers, nurses and others who work to help others every day. What the United States is doing at our southern border in these detention camps is an abomination to the soul of our country and is contrary to everything we do. In the aftermath of World War II, ‘never again’ was meant to mean never again. America led the world in the fight against human rights abuses. Now, these abuses are perpetrated by our own president on the southern border. Silence is not an option.”

Weingarten continued: “The Lights for Liberty vigil is showing it’s possible to resist…human rights abuses and point a path forward to a brighter, more just, future that honors the values that this country and the international community were founded on.”

About Lights for Liberty: Lights for Liberty was created by a loose coalition of grassroots activists, with support from long-standing immigrants’ rights organizations and other organizers. More information can be found at www.lightsforliberty.org.

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