To the editor:
At 8 p.m. today, MWV citizens will gather with lanterns and flashlights at the four corners in Conway Village for “Lights for Liberty.” This is a grassroots, world-wide event designed to bring attention to the plight of children and infants separated from their parents and guardians at the border, and housed in deplorable conditions at detention facilities throughout the country, but especially at the southern border.
Despite the rhetoric put out by the Trump administration, many of these facilities are experiencing outbreaks of childhood diseases like mumps and chickenpox, as well as infestations of lice, scabies and other conditions exacerbated by filthy environments. Besides these shocking facts, well-meaning border agents are not allowed to comfort or touch these terrified and ill children, gestures that could make the difference in so many ways. Many of these children will be mentally scarred for life from this mistreatment.
It is the goal of Lights for Liberty to not only bring awareness to these egregious human rights violations within our own borders, but to send a message to Washington, D.C., that all over the world their decisions and actions are being closely watched. After the shame of slavery prior to the Emancipation Proclamation and the Japanese internment camps during WWII, we Americans swore we would never EVER allow these atrocities to happen again in our country. And yet, despite those affirmations, once again we are faced with intentional acts that will haunt America forever.
Please join us on Friday. We cannot allow this to continue. We need everyone onboard, regardless of party affiliation. Human rights are our rights as well. Don’t look away. It’s time to take a stand against these violations.
More information is available on the Sun’s calendar for July 12 and at lightsforliberty.org.
Nancy White Cassidy and Nancy Russo
L4L event co-organizers