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Rockland church to host Light for Liberty candlelight vigil to protest detention camp conditions

Event organizer: Carolyn Bobola
Event Date & Time: July 12, 2019 8:30 am

ROCKLAND — The First Universalist Church of Rockland will host Lights for Liberty: A Nationwide Vigil to End Human Detention Camps 8:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at 345 Broadway.

Advocates, activists and impacted persons from across the area will gather in the Rockland to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees in human detention camps. This is part of a nationwide demonstration, where participants all across the country, supported by allies in England, are gathering at detention camps, in the streets, town centers and in their own front yards to light candles in vigil for all those held in US detention camps to bring light to the darkness of the Trump administration’s horrific policies.

“I’ve been inside these camps, and the conditions are beyond description. 24 adults and six children that we know of have already died as a result,” said Toby Gialluca, lawyer, activist and member of the organizing team of Lights for Liberty. “The world must take a stand against this administration and stop these camps before more lives are lost.”

Lights for Liberty is a loose coalition of grassroots activists, with support from long-standing immigrants’ rights organizations and other organizers. More information can be found at lightsforliberty.org, including a map and descriptions indicating where else these demonstrations are planned.

“We shine a light on the inhumane treatment of migrants and refugees by the current administration. To be silent is to be complicit. To sit this out is to be complacent. Now is a time to stand for what is best in all of us, to stop the worst of us. We must stand for one another,” said Ravi Ragbir, executive director of New Sanctuary Coalition.

Please bring a candle, flashlight or other illumination to stand in solidarity with us and many others across the country