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Lights for Liberty:
A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps to Take Place in Dayton Ohio
Local Effort in Coordination with Over 600 Worldwide Events
DAYTON, OHIO, July 9, 2019– On Friday July 12th, 2019, a vigil will take place at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton to oppose the inhumane conditions faced by all those held in US detention camps and shine a light on the cruelty of US immigration policy. Speakers and musical performances will begin at 7:00 pm and conclude with a candlelight vigil at 9:00 pm.
The local effort is in coordination with hundreds of events taking place worldwide where thousands of concerned individuals will gather at detention centers, outside jails, and in cities to add their voices to the growing call to investigate the abuses, close the camps, and protect the rights of all immigrants.
Speakers at the local event include Dr. Joel Pruce, Assistant Professor of Human Rights Studies at the University of Dayton, who has traveled to the border and continues to work with human rights defenders in El Paso. According to Dr. Pruce:
“The human rights abuses committed against children in detention violate international law and our basic sense of decency. This Friday’s vigil sends a message that our community will not remain on the sidelines during this moral crisis.”
Other speakers who have been active in advocating and providing assistance for asylum seekers will discuss the issues of human detention camps in the United States, the inhumane treatment of asylum seekers, the lasting impacts on children being held in camps while separated from their parents and the historic roots of the migrant crisis. Activities and information about how the public can help will be available. At 9:00 p.m., around the country and around the world, participants will light candles in a silent vigil for all those held in US detention camps to bring light to the darkness of the Trump administration’s horrific policies.
As of today, Lights for Liberty vigils are scheduled in nearly 600 locations worldwide on five continents, with new locations being added daily
Key events are planned in El Paso, Texas, where migrants are being housed in outdoor conditions under a bridge with no running water for months at a time; Homestead, Florida, at a migrant child detention facility that has caused mass abuse and neglect; in San Diego, near the point of entry site from Tijuana; in New York City, at Foley Square, where hundreds of migrants are processed through detention a day; and in Washington, DC, in Lafayette Park, to demand action from Congress.
Lights for Liberty is a loose coalition of international, national, regional and local communities and organizations dedicated to human rights and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.
Locally the Lights for Liberty Vigil is being hosted by District 10 Indivisible for All (DIFA) and the Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance, with help and participation from other local organizations and individuals.
More information can be found at http://www.lightsforliberty.org.
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