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Vigil to be held Friday, July 12 in Waterloo for detained migrant children

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – A vigil will be held Friday, July 12 for the children currently detained during the ongoing migrant dispute at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Hosted by Americans for Democratic Action Iowa, the Silent Vigil for Detained Children will be 7 until 8 p.m. at E. 4th and Mulberry Streets.

A description on the event Facebook page is as follows:

Join Americans for Democratic Action Iowa , and a broad coalition of civil rights and faith based groups for a silent vigil and march calling for the end of the inhumane detention of children at our border.

We will be participating in a national day of action called Lights for Liberty by holding a silent vigil and march at the corner of E4th and Mulberry in Downtown Waterloo on Friday July 12th at 7pm. We will hold signs, banners, and candles as we raise awareness for the humanitarian crisis U.S policies and practices have created at our border.

No child belongs in a cage, no child should be denied basic sanitation, no child should be forced to sleep on concrete floors, no child should be abused physically, sexually, or emotionally, no child should be subjected to the permanent physiological damage being inflicted, and no child should be separated from their family. We call for an immediate end to the practice of family separation and child detention.

In addition to our in-person action we encourage folks to donate what they can to RAICES, a non-profit organization in Texas working to provide legal resources to those impacted by family separation and detention at the border.

Starting on Monday the 8th until Friday the 12th we encourage folks to Light-up the Night for Liberty by keeping their porch light on, placing a candle or flashlight in your driveway or front porch etc.

Let them know you’ll be attending by visiting the event Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/689572414846348/

KWWL Staff

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