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posted Friday, July 12, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 28
Lights for Liberty: A Constellation of Lights
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Lights for Liberty: A Constellation of Lights

July 12-13 coalition events in Seattle & Tacoma in protest of immigrant/refugee detention

SEATTLE - On Friday evening, July 12th, people will gather in their communities across the nation to hold vigils in solidarity with immigrants and refugees and in protest of mass immigrant incarceration and the atmosphere of fear and hostility fomented by our federal government.

In the Seattle-Tacoma area, we're taking this protest two steps further, and will be holding 15 events over two days as we seek to both engage and educate. We asked the immigrants and immigrant rights advocates in our Constellation of Lights Coalition: What can we do to make a real difference? The answer was loud and clear: Yes, raise public awareness with a large gathering, but we don't just need a single-day of outrage. The mistreatment of immigrants has been going on for a long time, and it won't stop in a single news cycle or with a single protest. We need sustained help, volunteers, money for court bail bonds, support for those incarcerated and those living in daily fear, and assistance in working toward a nation that does not criminalize desperation or demonize immigrants.

So, led by this advice, the Constellation of Lights Coalition will hold multiple events on Friday (7/12) and Saturday (7/13) designed to engage, educate, and show support and solidarity with detained persons at the NW Detention Center in Tacoma.

Friday 7/12 events:
Workplace unity break afternoon protests:
People throughout the region are going to walk out of their places of employment on their lunch or afternoon breaks, with signs protesting immigrant detention. Unity breaks are a form of workplace walkout that allows workers who do not have flexible employment to participate without jeopardizing their employment. See details at www.facebook.com/events/1392724154198631/?ti=ia

Friday evening vigils throughout the Seattle-Tacoma area:
Vigils throughout the nation will occur on Friday evening, most from 7 to 9 p.m., though the time will vary at some local events. All Lights of Liberty vigils throughout the nation are registered at www.lightsforliberty.org/localevents. Thirteen vigils are planned throughout the Seattle-Tacoma area, and people are encouraged to attend the vigil that is most convenient for them.

Vigils organized by the Constellation of Lights Coalition issuing this press release:

" Seattle's Occidental Park (117 S. Washington St., Seattle), 7-9 p.m. Vigil + speakers and programming. Event info at www.facebook.com/events/1546819312116317/?ti=ia

" Seattle's Queen Anne Counterbalance Park (Queen Anne Ave.), 7-10 p.m. Event info at www.facebook.com/events/579200342607384/

" West Seattle's Alki Beach Park, (1702 Alki Ave. SW, Seattle), 8 p.m. start time. Event info at www.facebook.com/events/2218861164848587/

" Edmonds (828 Caspers St., Edmonds, WA) 7-9 p.m. Event info at www.facebook.com/events/2339450349668648/

" Tacoma's NW Detention Center (1623 E. 'J' St., Tacoma), 7-9:30 p.m. Event info at www.facebook.com/events/473312493430018/

" Tacoma's Union Station (Union Station/S. 19th Station, Tacoma), 7-8 p.m. Event info at www.facebook.com/events/338885053696630/?ti=icl

Additional local Friday Coalition events are being added daily, with updates added to www.facebook.com/events/2133367803438365/?ti=ia.

Sister Lights of Liberty Vigils in the Seattle-Tacoma area:

" South Seattle's MLK Jr. Park (2200 MLK Jr. Way S., Seattle), 7:30-9:30 p.m.

" Kirkland's Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, (308 4th Ave. S., Kirkland), 7 p.m. start time

" Redmond's Downtown Park (16205 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA) 5-7 p.m.

" Sammamish (120 228th Ave. NE, Sammamish, WA), 7:45-9:15 p.m.

" Bainbridge Island (100 Winslow Way W., Bainbridge Island), 7-9 p.m.

" Mercer Island's Post Office/Mercerdale Park Intersection (78th & 32nd), 8:30-9:30 p.m.

" Whidbey Island's Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey (20103 SR 525, Freeland) 7-8 p.m.

All events and detail links are available at www.lightsforliberty.org/localevents

Saturday 7/13 event: Saturday afternoon Lights on Detained People solidarity event at NW Detention Center in Tacoma
At the specific request of immigrant community organizers, and with the intention of showing visible and audible support to incarcerated immigrants and their families and listening and learning how we can become more deeply and sustainably involved in bringing justice to our immigrant community, we will be gathering on Saturday (7/13) at the NW Detention Center in Tacoma from 12:30 to 4 p.m for a solidarity event.

Bring your own picnic and chairs or blankets, greet and share with immigrant families who visit on the weekends, collectively call out to the unjustly incarcerated immigrants to let them know we support them (we're told they can hear loud, collective callouts), and learn from our coalition partners La Resistancia and the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) how we can volunteer, advocate, and donate to become more sustainably involved in the fight to stop incarcerating and start welcoming and supporting immigrants and their families. We'll hear personal stories and learn how to support those incarcerated and those living in daily fear, and how to meaningfully assist in working toward a nation that does not criminalize desperation or demonize immigrants.

The Constellation of Lights Coalition, formed to jointly organize local Lights of Liberty events, consists of the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, La Resistencia, the Washington Immigrant Defense Network (WIDEN), OneAmerica, Seattle Indivisible, Seattle Womxn Marching Forward, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Indivisible Tacoma, and Lawyer Moms of America.

Courtesy of Seattle Indivisible

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