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Local Candlelight Vigil to Protest Trump Administration’s Treatment of Migrants and Children at our Border
July 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Submitted by First Parish in Bedford, Unitarian Universalist
First Parish in Bedford, Unitarian Universalist invites residents of Bedford and neighboring communities, friends both near and far, to gather for a candlelight vigil on the Bedford Common in conjunction with a national event entitled Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps protesting the Trump administration’s abusive and inhumane treatment of migrants and their children.
We will gather on the Common on Friday, July 12, 2019 between 7:30 PM and 8:00 PM, sing together, listen to a few speakers, and join together with other Americans across the country by lighting candles at 9:00 PM.
We urge folks to bring lawn chairs and insect repellent. Parking is available around the Common with additional parking in adjacent town lots. We will join with other local organizations all across the commonwealth of Massachusetts who are sponsoring vigils at detention centers, town halls, outside government offices and other public spaces.
A national coalition, Lights for Liberty, recently formed and dedicated to human rights and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity. According to their website, the coalition is “partnering with international, national, regional and local communities and organizations who believe that these fundamental rights are not negotiable and are willing to protect them. On Friday, July 19, 2019, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentrations camps across the county, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.”
Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, lawyer, activist and organizer in noting that Congress has refused to stop the President and his policies, says, “We cannot allow these atrocities to be perpetuated in our name.” Another organizer, Kristin Mink, urges her fellow citizens: “Now is the time for every person to stand up and say ‘We will not accept this!’. No more hesitating. No more denial. No more fear. We need to be bold, and loud, and unrelenting. That’s the only way we can stop this.”
For more information on Lights for Liberty – https://www.lightsforliberty.org/.