On July 12th, “Lights For Liberty” became the latest movement to demand a more humane and just US immigration policy, and to end the politics of fear and cruelty promoted by the Trump Administration. In the US and around the world, thousands gathered in protest in front of detention camps, in public vigils, or showed support on social media via a virtual vigil by lighting candles in recognition of the inhumane conditions under which immigrants are being held in detention within the US, and to demand that the US government #CloseTheCamps.
The pointless policy of cruelty of family separations — the youngest child only 4 months old — which began two years ago has not ended. This shameful President continues to lie about it. This is a manufactured humanitarian crisis, one that has not made America safer, has done nothing to fix our broken immigration system, and which treats as criminals some of the most vulnerable people in the world: refugees.
The vigils and protests of last Friday are over. The nightmare that these detained immigrants are living each and every day has not ended. We were visible on July 12th and we need to stay visible. We cannot look away.
Here is a concrete action that we all can take:
- Call your Members of Congress:
Use this script to contact your Senators and your Representative. We are asking that they close the camps; stop funding for detention and deportation; and to right the wrongs that have been committed against these immigrants and refugees.
In 2020, we all need to vote to take back the White House, to take back the Senate, to keep the House… and to win as many state and local elections as possible. Only then can we end this nightmare. Please join Democrats Abroad, and encourage your American friends who live abroad to join DA as well. Stay tuned as we continue to fight the good fight.
Continue reading to see photos of our DAFrance vigils and our own giant collage of images gathered from social media.
Here in France, we were gratified by the strong attendance at the Lights for Liberty events:
Paris chapter at Place des Etats-Unis
Toulouse chapter at Place Wilson
Strasbourg chapter in front of the European Court of Human Rights
Lyon chapter at Place Sathonay
And many more of you (from all corners of the hexagon) participated in the online vigil!