July 13, 2019
(New Hartford, NY) Members of Interfaith Matters, Indivisible Mohawk Valley, 1199 SEIU Upstate, and CNY Citizen Action, gathered on Commercial Drive on Friday night, July 12th, for the local Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps. The event drew 130 participants from across the Mohawk Valley.
In June of this year, lawyers and doctors toured facilities along the southern border holding migrant children, many separated from their families. They found lack of basic nutrition and hygiene, serious violations of the law, and asked a judge to order immediate inspections.
In New Hartford on Friday, those attending carried posters in protest of the inhumanities being committed by the US in addressing refugees and immigration across the southern US border. They then lit candles in a silent vigil for all of those held in US detention camps.
“It was important for me to attend the vigil and be part of the voice of opposition in light of the atrocities currently enacted by this administration. It was inspiring to see religious leaders from a variety of faiths represented. Caging children and adults, as well as separating families is not what America should represent.” Said Grace Vento-Zogby. “The conditions of the border camps are shockingly cruel and inhumane. These are men, women, children, families who are seeking refuge. They deserve to be treated better.” said local organizer Debbie Salema Lindon
The July 12th event was one of over 700 events held around the nation and the world, covering five continents, and bringing light to the darkness of the Trump administration’s horrific policies that violate basic human decency. The local groups partner to support compassionate and caring resolutions to complex problems.
Interfaith Matters, Indivisible Mohawk Valley, 1199 SEIU Upstate NY, and CNY Citizen Action partner to bring to light social injustices and to find solutions that reflect the shared value of honoring and protecting human rights.
Interfaith Matters is an inclusive community in dialogue, covenantally bound by values and ethics of differing religious and spiritual traditions, committed to peaceful and peace-filled activities, service, and relationships.
Indivisible Mohawk Valley is a group of concerned citizens who self-organize around events and projects that strengthen their bonds and community with one another while standing up peacefully and non-violently to the destructive, corrupt, and undemocratic ways of the current federal administration and its supporters in Congress.
1199 SEIU United Healthcare is the largest healthcare union in the United States. With a membership of 400,000 including retirees, its stated mission is to achieve quality healthcare, good jobs and social justice for all. 1999SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in America. They represent over 400,000 nurses and caregivers throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Florida.
CNY Citizen Action is an affiliate group of Citizen Action of New York and founded in Central New York in 1997, CNY Citizen Action became an official chapter in 2018. Citizen Action is a grassroots membership organization that takes people power and turns it into electoral power.