Unfortunately we had to rush a bit through dinner but it was for a good cause and it would take us a good half hour to arrive to Cameron Park in La Crosse Wisconsin and join others at the Lights for Liberty Vigil, a growing resistance to immigrant detention policies and centers

In over 700 other U.S. cities a similar vigil would be taking place at 9pm when people would take a moment of silence while shining a light to rid the darkness regarding our treatment of innocent children and and their families as they seek asylum in this country.

Albeit a small town we had about 200 gathered to listen to speakers re: immigration policies, native peoples and asylum seekers and the despicable treatment they are receiving.

Then we walked a couple of blocks with signs, flashlights and phones in hand as we crossing the Cass Street bridge where we were in place by 9pm to observe the moment of silence and turn on our lights.

Even the sky put on its own light show.

May we all let our lights shine and be seen and heard… You can help by donating monies to RAICES The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)serves immigrants and refugees by providing immigration-related legal services, advocacy and opportunities for educational and social support. We believe that by actively promoting the well-being and informed participation of immigrants and refugees in the community, everyone benefits.

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