Everyone is invited to participate in a candlelight vigil to protest conditions in U.S. detention camps, scheduled at North on Friday, July 12, from 8-9 p.m. Weather permitting, we will be outside on the front lawn. (Bring a lawn chair, if you wish.) If it rains, we will meet in the chapel.
North Church is one of more than 75 organizations partnering with Lights for Liberty: A Nationwide Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, which is bringing together thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets, and into their front yards to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.
When working on your signs for this event, please focus on the children, separation of families, and the inhumane conditions in the detention centers.
Beginning at 8:00 p.m., advocates, activists, and impacted persons will speak on the issue of human detention camps in the United States. At 9:00 p.m., at North and around the world, participants will light a candle in a silent vigil for all those held in U.S. detention camps to bring light to the darkness of the current administration’s horrific policies.
“We at North take our mission statement to heart,” says the Rev. Bill Hennessy, pastor at North, “and in this way we are brought together by our shared faith. We invite anyone who, like us, believes that the treatment of migrants and refugees in detention centers is unjust and needs to be changed. You don’t have to be a member of this congregation to participate in the vigil; you just need to want to make a difference.”
Lights for Liberty is a loose coalition of grassroots activists with support from long-standing immigrants’ rights organizations and other organizers.
A Note to North Church families
If you are able, please park next door at Forest Elementary School so visitors can park in the church parking lot.
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