TC to hold Lights for Liberty event on July 12

Temple Concord will host the local “Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps” event on Friday, July 12, at 8:45 pm, at the synagogue, 9 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. The event supports the fundamental democratic principle embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity. Temple Concord is partnering with national, regional and local communities and organizations that believe these fundamental rights are not negotiable and are willing to demand that the government protect the rights of all people in the United States. This is part of a nationwide effort to end American human detention camps. The entire community is invited to attend.
“Our event will begin in front of the temple, following Shabbat services, to offer a nonpartisan opportunity to show opposition to the detention camps and the inhumane treatment of people there and at the border by the government and those they have entrusted with running these facilities. This is a humanitarian crisis and a moral call for all that goes beyond politics,” said organizers of the event.
At 9 pm, all Lights for Liberty gatherings will participate in a silent candlelight vigil to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.“Together, they will light up the nation and remind our leaders of their responsibility to uphold the right to life, liberty and dignity,” said organizers. There will be speakers, songs and prayers leading into the silent vigil.
Lights for Liberty is a coalition of grass-roots activists with support from immigrants’ rights and other organizations. For more information about the local event, contact  Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell at Temple Concord 723-7355 or templeconcordbinghamton@gmail.com. For more information about the national effort and locations for gatherings, visit the website www.lightsforliberty.org, There is also a video on Twitter @lights4liberty.