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Benicia Lights for Liberty – Friday, July 12, 7pm, City Park Gazebo

Benicia Lights for Liberty – Friday, July 12, 7pm, City Park Gazebo

Lights for Liberty poster – download and distribute!

[Repost from Progressive Democrats of Benicia]

Lights for Liberty events will take place in Benicia and around the world on the evening of Friday, July 12.

Progressive Democrats of Benicia is a co-sponsor the event.  Please come THIS Friday evening!

Lights for Liberty is a vigil to end human detention camps.  We will gather at the Gazebo in Benicia City Park (First & Military Streets), at 7pm:

What to Expect:

  • Gather with others who care deeply about conditions at our southern border
  • Hear from nearby organizations that are working with immigrant families; be moved by the stories and efforts being made to welcome young and old who seek freedom and safety in the U.S.
  • Learn what you can do to help
  • View a display of Nikki Basch Davis’ art, “My Voice” – faces of the human tragedy at our southern border
  • Opportunity to sign a Benicia Lights for Liberty petition
  • Take part in a closing silent candlelight vigil – taking our lights into all the world

What to Bring:

  • Your energy, commitment, hope, solidarity…
  • Your cell phone, flashlight or LED candle (LED candles will be available for the first 120 participants.  Lit candles not allowed.)
  • A folding chair
  • Signs of support for immigrants and asylum seekers

More Information:

Letter: Roger Straw on Benicia Lights for Liberty

Benicia Standing Strong – support for better conditions at the US border, vigil here on Friday

[See also: What to expect, what to bring…]

Benicia Lights for Liberty - Friday, July 12, 2019, 7 PM, City Park Gazebo, First Street, Benicia, CA
Benicia Lights for Liberty – Fri., July 12, 2019, 7 PM, City Park Gazebo, 1st Street, Benicia, CA

Our daily news is overflowing on the tragic conditions at our southern border. The tv and print reporters are on it, and some of our leaders in Washington, D.C. are on it. But the Trump administration keeps on separating children from their parents, detaining, caging and even abusing desperate humans who have fled their homes and appealed to the greatness of the Land of Liberty, appealed to you and me, asking for a hearing, for asylum, for the long-held open-armed welcome of the USA.

Emma Lazarus wrote an American treasure, and we have offered it to the world: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” – As it appears on the statue of liberty, offering freedom, safety and prosperity to all the world.

The reporters and some in power are on it, but you and I find it difficult to know what to do. Join me in a moving and informative candlelight vigil this Friday at the gazebo in City Park. Our vigil here in Benicia will be one of over 600 such events across the USA and around the world on July 12, calling for an end to human detention camps, and offering ways to help effect change.

Come to Benicia City Park from 7-9pm this Friday, July 12. Gather near the gazebo, check out the information tables and the art, listen to the music and song, hear the stories of those who work with immigrants and asylum seekers, and find out more about what WE can do to help.

Thank you to all who care about this tragic situation, and all who helped organize this important event here in Benicia.

Roger Straw

More info and optional rsvp on Benicia Lights for Liberty (Facebook)
More info on Lights For Liberty national and international

Lights For Liberty Vigils Planned In Solano County and Bay Area

The vigils are targeting reports of inhumane conditions at migrant detention camps, mass deportation and deaths at the U.S.-Mexico border.

By Maggie Avants, Patch Staff
Lights for Liberty vigils are planned Friday across the Bay Area and United States
Lights for Liberty vigils are planned Friday across the Bay Area and United States (Shutterstock)
SOLANO COUNTY, CA — Residents of Benicia, Vacaville and many other Bay Area cities are planning to take part in Lights for Liberty vigils Friday, July 12 as part of worldwide protests against detention camps at the U.S.-Mexico border. The vigils are targeting reports of inhumane conditions in the camps, mass deportation and deaths at the border.
According to a release from Santa Cruz Indivisible, as of Wednesday there were over 689 registered Lights for Liberty events on Friday planned around the world. Most events are asking participants to bring a flashlight, an electric candle or a phone.
In Benicia, residents are meeting from 7 -9 p.m. at the Gazebo in the Park at 1st Street.
The Vacaville vigil begins at at 8 p.m. at 1 Town Square.

In Napa, community members are asked to meet at 8 p.m. at Soscol Avenue and 1st Street in the Oxbow Commons area.

Petaluma residents are gathering from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive.

A Santa Rosa vigil is planned at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse Square.

In Davis, a vigil is planned from from 7 -9 p.m. at Central Park, 401 C St.

The Concord gathering will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. at Todos Santos Plaza, 2151 Salvio St.

Oakland will see at least two separate vigils: one at City Hall and another at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater. The City Hall vigil has over 40 sponsors and will begin at 5 p.m. The Lake Merritt vigil will begin at 7:30 p.m.

San Franciscans will also get multiple chances to participate in a Lights for Liberty vigil. Interfaith leaders will host an 11:30 a.m. event outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices at 630 Sansome St.

Another San Francisco vigil will be held at 7 p.m. at the Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround.

San Jose’s Lights for Liberty event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at City Hall Plaza, 200 East Santa Clara St.

A Santa Cruz vigil is planned at the Santa Cruz County Courthouse from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

According to the Lights for Liberty website, vigils will also be held in Monterey, Novato, Pacifica, Palo Alto and Redwood City.

For a full list of registered events and information pertaining to each gathering, go to

— Bay City News Service; Patch local editor Maggie Avants contributed to this report.

Benicia candlelight vigil for migrant families at U.S. southern border

Candlelight Vigil, Friday, July 12, 7-9pm, City Park

Lights for Liberty poster – download and distribute!

Lights for Liberty – Benicia (L4L Benicia) and co-sponsor Progressive Democrats of Benicia invite the public to a Candlelight Vigil from 7-9 PM on Friday July 12th, 2019 at the Benicia City Park Gazebo on 1st Street, as part of a nationwide mobilization against the Trump administration’s human detention camps.

RSVP on Facebook:

On Friday July 12th, 2019, L4L Benicia will join Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, which 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.

As of today, Lights for Liberty vigils are scheduled in over 340 locations around the United States and the world, with new locations being added daily.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on July 12th, 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

For more information, press only
L4L Benicia
Sherry Vinson
L4LBenicia at

Progressive Democrats of Benicia
Roger Straw – L4L Lead
rogrmail at
Ralph Dennis, Chair
redennis5156 at

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