As new reports continue to emerge about the inhumane treatment of young children and families who are seeking asylum, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is joining with partners and other activists across the country for a nationwide call to action on Friday, July 12 called “Lights for Liberty,” to protest the atrocious treatment of migrant families and to demand an end to immigrant detention centers.
Please note location of vigil has changed:
Our nearest local action will take place at Centennial Circle on the corner of Warren and Glen, Glens Falls, NY. People are invited to gather at 8:00 p.m. with signs. Bring a light with you, and at 9:00 p.m. we’ll hold a lighted vigil in concert with people across the country.
Details for the Glens Falls Action
Kathleen McTigue, the Director of Activism and Justice Education for the UUSC, writes:
“I recently returned from a similar protest at the Homestead child detention facility in Florida where thousands of immigrant children are being held in prisonlike conditions. The experience of being physically present at the Homestead detention center was powerful and deeply troubling because I knew that just beyond the fence where we stood, over a thousand children are being held in indefinite detention. It made it clear to me how critical it is for us to keep on showing up to push back against this unjust system.
“We follow the leadership of those who are directly affected—immigrants, people who are detained, and those who are undocumented—and, recognizing the risks they face if they protest, we’re asking our members to step up in solidarity to support them. This is what allies are for.”
Rev Joe will be heading to Glens Falls on Friday, July 12, to participate. “I hope you’ll join me,” he says. “May we be what love looks like in action.”
More about Kathleen McTigue’s visit to a detention center for migrant children