Free Heartland Kids Friday 7/5 Action

July 5, 2019 - 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Heartland Alliance, 208 S La Salle St, Chicago, Illinois 60604

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, West Cook Chicago DSA, North Side Chicago DSA

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Hundreds of immigrant children are being detained in our backyard. Heartland Alliance is a Chicago-based nonprofit org that has historically focused on anti-poverty and immigration issues. Heartland currently operates 5 child detention centers and, until recently, 2 in Des Plaines. Currently, over 350 children are detained by Heartland.

The Chicago DSA Immigrants Rights Committee is fighting back.

Join us to continue demanding that Heartland and CEO David Sinski:
1. immediately cease intaking immigrant children into their detention centers;
2. immediately end their contract with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to detain immigrant children;
3. release and reunify the immigrant children in their physical custody with their sponsors and families in the United States as soon as possible without sharing those sponsors’ and families’ biometric data, documentation status, or any other personal information with ICE or any agency that shares information with ICE;
4. pledge to use their resources and power to fight for a true detention-free, deportation-free, and ICE-free zone in Chicago and the Chicagoland area.

This is a nonviolent action. We especially do not want to put participants who may be vulnerable on account of their documentation status at risk of arrest during this action. Ultimately, of course, the relevant authorities are responsible for how they choose to respond to our nonviolent action, but it is important that participants understand that a nonviolent action is what the the Free Heartland Kids campaign is engaging in for this week.

ALL ARE WELCOME! We will have signs, banners, leaflets, petitions, chants, and more depending on the time and day. You can show up with nothing but your principles, and we will have material and information to offer you. If you would like to bring your own signs, banners, leaflets, petitions, chants, and more, we welcome them!

NW Side Lights for Liberty

July 12, 2019 - 6:30 PM - 8 PM

Irving Park and Central, next to Portage Park, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Lights for Liberty

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Join your neighbors and friends for a vigil to end detention camps and to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants. Lights for Liberty is a coalition of people dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity. On July 12, there will be Lights for Liberty vigils nationwide and worldwide.

Lights for Liberty – Chicago

July 12, 2019 - 5 Pm - 7 PM

Federal Center and Plaza, 219 S Dearborn St, Chicago, Illinois 60603

Supporting Organizations: Refuse Fascism Chicago and Freedom First International

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On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.

El Paso, Texas, where migrants are being housed in outdoor conditions under a bridge with no running water for months at a time, is the anticipated site of the main Lights for Liberty vigil. Legislators, activists, organizers, and members of impacted communities are expected to speak.

Other key events are planned in Homestead, FL, at a migrant child detention facility that has caused mass abuse and neglect; in San Diego, near the point of entry site from Tijuana; in New York City, at Foley Square, where hundreds of migrants are processed through detention a day; and in Washington, DC, in front of the Capitol building, to demand action from Congress to end human detention and impeach the President.

Across this country, we have witnessed acts against people fleeing persecution many of us thought we would never see in modern times.

At Trump’s human detention camps, teen mothers and babies are held outdoors in “dog pounds.” We have witnessed the sick and elderly confined to “icebox” rooms for weeks at a time. Unbelievably, children as young as 4 months are taken from their parents, medicine is confiscated, and medical care withheld, and LGBTQ and disabled individuals are held in solitary confinement.

“The Trump administration’s immigration policies and detention camps meet the United Nations’ definition of genocide and crimes against humanity,” said Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, lawyer, activist and organizer. “Congress is refusing to stop the president and his policies. We cannot allow these atrocities to be perpetrated in our name.”

Perhaps most terrifying, refugees are beginning to be moved onto military grounds, where there will be a lack of oversight from the media, lawyers, and human rights monitors. Many of us thought we would never see anything like this in modern times.

“Now is the time for every person to stand up and say, ‘We will not accept this!’ No more hesitating. No more denial. No more fear. We need to be bold, and loud, and unrelenting. That’s the only way we can stop this,” said Kristin Mink, activist and organizer.

5PM Gather at Federal Plaza,
Followed by a march and vigil outside ICE Headquarters at 101 W. Congress Parkway

Close the Camps ~ Nationwide

July 2, 2019 - 12 PM

Supporting Organizations: MoveOn, Families Belong Together

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We haven’t found a large local event related to this nationwide action, but you can click on the link and search near your home. We will update if/when more information becomes available.


Children denied soap and toothbrushes, crowded into unsafe conditions. Separated from their families, subject to cruel treatment that leads to lasting traumas. And some dying in custody—or dying with parents as they cross the Rio Grande.

We’ve seen the images and heard the stories coming out of child detention centers. Horrifically, these conditions aren’t an accident. They are the byproduct of an intentional strategy by the Trump administration to terrorize immigrant communities and criminalize immigration—from imprisoning children in inhumane conditions to threatening widespread raids to break up families to covering up reports of immigrants dying in U.S. custody and abuses by ICE and CBP agents.

It’s going to take all of us to close the camps.

This Tuesday, July 2, while members of Congress are home for the Fourth of July holiday, w
e will gather at 12 p.m. noon local time at their local offices in protest. Our demands:

  1. Close the Camps
  2. Not One Dollar for Family Detention
 and Deportation
  3. Bear Witness and Reunite Families

Will you join a local Close the Camps protest near you this Tuesday, July 2? Find an event or start your own, and bring everyone you know. Can’t attend or host an event? Text CAMPS to 668366 to continue taking action to #CloseTheCamps.

Free Heartland Kids Friday 6/28 Action

June 28, 2019 - 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Heartland Alliance, 208 S La Salle St, Chicago, Illinois 60604

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, West Cook Chicago DSA, North Side Chicago DSA

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Hundreds of immigrant children are being detained in our backyard. Heartland Alliance is a Chicago-based nonprofit org that has historically focused on anti-poverty and immigration issues. Heartland currently operates 5 child detention centers and, until recently, 2 in Des Plaines. Currently, over 350 children are detained by Heartland.

The Chicago DSA Immigrants Rights Committee is fighting back.

Join us to continue demanding that Heartland and CEO David Sinski:
1. immediately cease intaking immigrant children into their detention centers;
2. immediately end their contract with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to detain immigrant children;
3. release and reunify the immigrant children in their physical custody with their sponsors and families in the United States as soon as possible without sharing those sponsors’ and families’ biometric data, documentation status, or any other personal information with ICE or any agency that shares information with ICE;
4. pledge to use their resources and power to fight for a true detention-free, deportation-free, and ICE-free zone in Chicago and the Chicagoland area.

This is a nonviolent action. We especially do not want to put participants who may be vulnerable on account of their documentation status at risk of arrest during this action. Ultimately, of course, the relevant authorities are responsible for how they choose to respond to our nonviolent action, but it is important that participants understand that a nonviolent action is what the the Free Heartland Kids campaign is engaging in for this week.

ALL ARE WELCOME! We will have signs, banners, leaflets, petitions, chants, and more depending on the time and day. You can show up with nothing but your principles, and we will have material and information to offer you. If you would like to bring your own signs, banners, leaflets, petitions, chants, and more, we welcome them!

Lights for Liberty Public ~ La Casa Del Carpintero / The Carpenter’s House

July 12, 2019 - 8 PM - 9:15 PM

La Casa Del Carpintero / The Carpenter's House, 1651 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647

Supporting Organizations: La Casa Del Carpintero / The Carpenter's House and Proyecto Vivire

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WE as One Voice Coalition, we will join the Lights for Liberty a coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.

Together with national, regional and local communities and organizations who believe that these fundamental rights are not negotiable and are willing to protect them. OUR focus is the respect and dignity for human life.

On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.

WE CHOOSE to defend the cause of the vulnerable because that is what Jesus would do.

SEE LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION https://www.lightsforliberty.org

Lights for Liberty: Crystal Lake,IL

July 12, 2019 - 7:30 PM - 9 PM

5650 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-8017, United States

Supporting Organizations: Indivisiblenwil

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Who: Hosted by IndivisibleNWIL Crystal Lake
We will host a “Lights for Liberty” vigil, to end human detention camps. We will join thousands of Americans, throughout the nation, in a peaceful protest to, bring attention to the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.We will peacefully demand closure of all detention camps.
What: “Lights for Liberty” Vigil
“Lights for Liberty Vigil”…. to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.We welcome individuals and organizations who support an end to human detention camps to join us. Parents and children are certainly welcome.
We will have a planned agenda, for the event. We will have speakers, readings, and songs…. “This Land is Your Land”… “This little light of mine,I’m gonna let it shine!” We will leave the evening with a “Call TO Action.”

Please bring posters ,in support of the event. Posters with profanity or demeaning comments will not be a part of this event. We are using #lights4liberty #dontlookaway #endusconcentrationcamps #freethechildren #childrenmatter #stopprofitingoffthechidren #restorehumanity #unlockthecages #freethechildrennow #seekingasylumislegal #whatiftheywereyourchildren #wearepeople #theyarepeople
Also, please bring a small flashlight. We will use flashlights, rather than candles,during the vigil. Bring water to drink. Wear comfortable shoes. The site is wheelchair accessible.
When: July 12, 2019 from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
The event will begin at 7:30 PM. You’re welcome to begin arriving at 7:00.
Where
“The Pointe” Near Target 5650 Northwest Hwy Crystal Lake, IL 60014
We will gather on the sidewalk, across the street from “The Pointe.
#Onward#insolidarity#forthechildren#humanity

Bridgeport Vigil to End Human Detention Camps

July 12, 2019 - 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

29th and Halsted, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Lights for Liberty

Contact Info: rene@firsttrinitychicago.com

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On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.

Join us for a Lights for Liberty event in Bridgeport.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on July 12th, we will gather at the corner of 29th and Halsted. Advocates, activists and impacted persons will speak on the issue of human detention camps in the United States. At 9 p.m., around the country and around the world, participants will light candles in a silent vigil for all those held in US detention camps to bring light to the darkness of the Trump administration’s horrific policies.

“We shine a light on the inhumane treatment of migrants and refugees by the current administration. To be silent is to be complicit. To sit this out is to be complacent. Now is a time to stand for what is best in all of us, to stop the worst of us. We must stand for one another. At New Sanctuary Coalition, we hold in our hearts a vision of a world worth fighting for,” said Ravi Ragbir, Executive Director of New Sanctuary Coalition.

“People of color are targets of this administration’s deliberately cruel immigration enforcement policies,” said Nicole Lee, co-founder of the Black Movement Law Project. “We stand vigil with Lights for Liberty and in solidarity with all those in detention camps, and against this administration’s profound racism and xenophobia.”

“I’ve been inside these camps, and the conditions are beyond description. Twenty-four adults and six children that we know of have already died as a result,” said Toby Gialluca, lawyer, activist and member of the organizing team of Lights for Liberty. “The world must take a stand against this administration and stop these camps before more lives are lost.”

About Lights for Liberty: Lights for Liberty is a loose coalition of grassroots activists, with support from long-standing immigrants’ rights organizations and other organizers. Five main events will be held on July 12th in El Paso, San Diego, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Homestead/Miami, FL. More information can be found at http://www.lightsforliberty.org.

Organizations who want to participate in the Bridgeport Vigil please contact rene@firsttrinitychicago.com

Lights for Liberty: Candlelight vigil In Aurora

July 12, 2019 - 7 PM – 10 PM

Water Street Mall, Aurora, Il 44 E Downer Pl, Aurora, Illinois 60505

Supporting Organizations: Lights for Liberty

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A Nationwide event, to bring attention and awareness to the children being held in diverse parts of the United States in unhumane conditions. Bring your candles, your bibles, and your souls.

Lights For Liberty: West Chicago, IL

January 1, 1970 -

A call to action and a vigil to end the inhumane treatment of human beings in immigrant detention centers, holding cells, and at the southern border of the United States. Every child, woman, and man deserves to be treated humanely and with dignity. The cruelty and inhumane treatment that is being perpetrated against immigrants and assylum seekers is destroying lives and it is harming our country because we claim to espouse the values of Liberty and Justice for ALL.

The cruelty must end. Human beings seeking help and protection do not belong im jails where they are being harmed and dehumanized. Not everyone qualifies for asylum, but they have a right to request it without being punished for trying to avail themselves of help through our own legal process.

An evening with speakers, music, a vigil and call to action. Details tba.

Silence and inaction are not an option if you care about human lives.