Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps - Rhode Island State House Steps Jul 12 at 7pm
Lights for Liberty Rhode Island, 7-9pm, RI State House, Friday, Jul 12, 2019
On Friday, July 12 beginning at 7pm, at over 500 locations world wide, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will have people gather together to protest against the human rights violations occuring at immigrant detention centers. https://www.lightsforliberty.org/
In Rhode Island, we will gather at the steps of the RI State House for an illuminated vigil and protest. We will join others across the nation for a moment of silence at 9pm on Friday, July 12.
This is event is organized by Rodrigo Pimentel, David Veliz, and Bridget Eileen.
NOTE: We cannot use candles at the State House, but we can do an illuminated vigil, using things like the flashlight function of phones, or similar types of small lighting devices.
Details for the Lights for Liberty Rhode Island Protest and Vigil
- Facebook Event Page for Lights for Liberty Rhode Island: https://www.facebook.com/events/631405607358542/
- Press Release for Lights for Liberty Rhode Island
Other Actions You Can Take Right Now
We want this event to be a catalyst for further action that people can take regarding immigration rights, and not just a singular event that people attend. With that in mind, here things you can do right now (more suggestions welcome!):*Get in touch with local immigration organizations to see how you can help their causes.
- Donate to local organizations who work with directly impacted people. You can donate to AMOR RI - Alianza para Movilizar Nuestra Resistencia at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/amor
- Donate to national organizations like the ACLU, RAICES, La Union del Pueblo Entero - LUPE, and other groups doing critical work to protect kids and families at the border. The ActBlue link to contribute to all these groups is https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kids-and-families-border
- Share donation links to get as many people to contribute. Ask for any amount, because it all adds up.
- Contact your public officials and DEMAND an end to the human rights violations in immigration detention centers. You can use Resistbot to help you send messages. Here's a message you can copy and paste to get you started.
- Post and share EVERYWHERE, with everyone, the news stories about the human rights violations for those seeking asylum. Use hashtags #lights4liberty #dontlookaway #endusconcentrationcamps.
- Share this event and invite friends. You can add this content to your post share: “Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants. Beginning at 7pm, Lights for Liberty Rhode Island will take place at the steps of the Rhode Island State House. All are welcome to join the protest and vigil. **Please note that candles and open flames are not permitted at the State House. Attendees can use the flashlight function of their cell phone, or bring glow sticks, low grade flashlights and other electronic illumination devices for their light.** More details about Lights for Liberty Rhode Island are in the "About" section of the event.”
- If you have friends in other areas, direct them to a LIghts for Liberty event near them, on the main website: https://www.lightsforliberty.org/localevents
About the Lights for Liberty National Organization
Follow Lights for Liberty on Facebook for more information as well as: Twitter @lights4liberty, and Instagram lights4liberty.
More News on the Immigration Human Rights Abuse Crisis - a short list
Someone on Facebook asked me "What human rights abuses?" So I posted many many links, because I always bring my receipts. I'm sure it didn't make a difference to the poster, but it was compelling to me, to sit down and think about all the many horrific stories I've heard.
Toddlers quarantined in a 8x10’ room sleeping on the floor w/the flu.— Congresswoman Lori Trahan (@RepLoriTrahan) July 1, 2019
Young girl in a hot warehouse coloring with a chain link fence around her.
Women sobbing in a crowded cell because they were separated from their kids.
Our system is broken. I won’t stop until it’s fixed.
Inside the Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths and Post Sexist Memes -https://www.propublica.org/article/secret-border-patrol-facebook-group-agents-joke-about-migrant-deaths-post-sexist-memes
Lawmakers, including Ocasio-Cortez, lash out over conditions following border facility tours - https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/01/politics/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-clint-texas-facility/index.html
‘There Is a Stench’: Soiled Clothes and No Baths for Migrant Children at a Texas Center - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/21/us/migrant-children-border-soap.html
Watch Ayanna Pressley’s Impassioned Remarks After Visiting Migrant Detention Centers in Texas - https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2019/07/02/ayanna-pressley-migrant-detention-centers-texas
The Cruelty Is the Point: President Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear - https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/the-cruelty-is-the-point/572104
‘Children Were Dirty, They Were Scared, and They Were Hungry’ - https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/06/child-detention-centers-immigration-attorney-interview/592540/
Why a Government Lawyer Argued Against Giving Immigrant Kids Toothbrushes - https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/06/why-sarah-fabian-argued-against-giving-kids-toothbrushes/592366
Some Immigrant Parents Fear Losing Their Children Forever - https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/10/immigrant-parents-fear-losing-their-children-forever/573331
Trump's family separation policy never really ended. This is why: At least 700 more families have been separated since the administration said it was ending its inhumane policy. - https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-family-separation-policy-never-really-ended-why-ncna1025376
FAMILY SEPARATION: By the Numbers - https://www.aclu.org/issues/immigrants-rights/immigrants-rights-and-detention/family-separation
Trump’s Immigration Strategy Is Dumber and Crueler Than Anyone Realizes: The president has reportedly been fantasizing “in graphic terms” about migrants impaling themselves on a spiked border fence - https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-immigration-border-strategy-cruel-dumb-836585/
How Stephen Miller made immigration personal: The White House policy aide has involved himself in specific immigration cases and pressed to publicize more personal information about migrants. -
ICE is supposed to consider service when deporting veterans. It hasn’t been. - https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2019/06/12/ice-is-supposed-to-consider-service-when-deporting-veterans-it-hasnt-been
DHS Office of Inspector General releases report on "Dangerous Overcrowding and Prolonged Detention of Children and Adults in the Rio Grande Valley." Conditions "represent an immediate risk to the health and safety of ... those detained." - https://twitter.com/ReichlinMelnick/status/1146109945236086784?s=20
'Help': Photos show hundreds of migrants squashed into cells, appealing for assistance One senior manager at a facility called the situation a "ticking time bomb." Migrants banged on cell windows and pressed notes against the plexiglass. - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/help-photos-show-hundreds-migrants-squashed-cells-appealing-assistance-n1025831
Under Siege And Largely Secret: Businesses That Serve Immigration Detention - https://www.npr.org/2019/06/30/736940431/under-siege-and-largely-secret-businesses-that-serve-immigration-detention
"Man camp" holding facility for migrant children opens with possible $300 million contract - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/carrizo-springs-texas-man-camp-holding-facility-for-migrant-children-opens-with-possible-300-million-contract/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=69844666&fbclid=IwAR2LQTluGfAWTwHPJp25ARRR7oW4H6iNLmUnX-W-Pn4e7bQYtl4zkJAN35w
Pod Save America "Dems in Disarray!" Episode, featuring interview with Warren Binford, attorney who visited the detenion center at Clint, TX. Hear her firsthand report of the conditions the migrant children face in teh camps. It's devastating. The interview begins at 61:20.
Trump's latest war on reality: Cover up the concentration camps https://www.salon.com/2019/07/08/trumps-latest-war-on-reality-cover-up-the-concentration-camps/
How I Became an Organizer for the Lights for Liberty Rhode Island Protest and Vigil
One Sunday in mid-June, I was at home in my summer stretchy soft clothes, dawdling in a Sunday kind of way while listening to some political podcast or other. They were discussing the human rights abuses at the immigration detention centers. Then I remembered I'd heard about a national--and now international--protest against human rights abuses at the immigration detention centers, AKA US concentration camps. I found more details at the Lights for Liberty webpage and checked to see if anything was happening locally in Rhode Island. Nothing was set up yet. I mentioned the international movement to have a vigil on July 12 in a large Facebook Messenger group I was part of with a lot of other progressive politically active people. Many people noted their interest in attending a vigil, too. I waited for someone to take up the cause of having a Rhode Island Lights for Liberty event but no one was, and then I realized that, since I'd brought it up, it was actually up to me.
I have never organized a protest before. I have attended many--in college, during the Iraq War. Never made it to Occupy Boston, though, because I was--ironically--busy working three jobs at the time. I attended hte Women's March in Boston and the March for Our Lives in Providence. And recently I was at the Rhode Island State House in support of the passage of the Reproductive Privacy Act.
And though I have never organized a protest before, I have--and am in fact in the middle of--organizing a huge 3-day poetry festival in Boston, the Boston Poetry Marathon. So I am aware of the work that goes into putting on a big event, but not a political one. So, I just sort of...went for it. I created the page. Invited people to attend. Made posts on the page asking for assistance from others who had more experience. Made call outs asking for migrant-centric organizations to help co-sponsor the event, since their expertise in the area is important in informing the event. Asked for advice and referrals in DMs. Brainstormed lists. Created and sent emails. And now here we are. There are two other co-hosts for the event. We have two local policiticians, a clergy member, and some activists willing to speak, and we will get more. And 1000+ have RSVPed to the event, and I hope more.
I don't exactly know what I'm doing, but it's amazing to me that when you're doing something very meaningful and good--a lot of things just come together. There's so much that needs to be fixed. There's so much that needs to be done. But at least we can do one big thing together to show our outrage, our intolerance for such policies and actions done by this despicable administration. It's only one thing. But I hope it makes a difference.