Tomorrow night, Lights For Liberty is happening across the country. In cities all over America, candlelight vigils will be held at 9pm local time. Thousands will gather at one of at least four different locations in the greater Portland area alone, from Clackamas to Hillsboro and places in between. The purpose of these vigils is to draw attention to the atrocities being done in our name at ICE detention centers along the border, where families seeking asylum are separated and children are imprisoned in horrid, inhumane conditions without adequate food or health care. At the end of the vigils organizers will hand out cards with action plans. These will list next steps each person can take, to keep pressuring our elected officials to close these camps and return to a more just and humane application of our asylum process; and also ways to support refugees as they enter the US seeking asylum.
There will be two major events downtown:
One will be held outside the ICE detention center on SW Macadam Ave.
A second, larger gathering will be held at Terry Schrunk Plaza, behind Portland City Hall on SW 3rd.
I will be at Schrunk Plaza. The program of performances and speakers starts at 8:30 pm, and I'm scheduled to sing around 9:15 or so as people leave to process up to the Hawthorne Bridge, spreading a chain of candlelight from one side of the Willamette River to the other. This vigil will conclude at Waterfront Park and public transit is within easy walking distance of the waterfront.
Please join me in telling our elected officials they cannot allow these atrocities to be carried out in our name, and in praying and singing for justice and the will to make real change.
(For those who are Shabbat observant -- I normally would not go to a rally or protest on a Friday night. But this is a peaceful candlelight vigil and its purpose is to highlight what is happening at our borders -- where children are dying while held in detention. This, for me, falls under the mitzvah of Pikuach Nefesh, saving a life. That is why I'm going and why I am glad to help out.)
Please join me.