The Jax community turned out to fill the Avondale UMC at the Jax Lights for Liberty vigil, one of hundreds of events held around the US and the world. Over two hundred neighbors and friends joined in the call for justice and the closure of detention camps like the one in Homestead, Florida—this despite heavy rains in Jax and a resulting last-minute change in venue. Some speakers shared their experiences with asylum seekers hoping for fair and humane treatment, while others bore witness to the abuses taking place in the camps themselves.
This is a busy weekend of protest against Trump’s ongoing family separation and imprisonment policies with no less than four actions taking place. Despite last week’s Executive Order, kids are still separated, families who have not committed a crime are being imprisoned indefinitely, and parents are being a given a choice of being deported immediately (back to whatever dangerous situation they were fleeing) without a hearing on their asylum claims OR potentially losing their children forever.
Indivisible Jax Riverside, Women’s March Jax and a diverse coalition of many other community groups and individuals are joining nationwide protests to demand change. Come out if you can to add your voice against these cruel and illegal actions being done in our name.
March for the Children — Friday, June 29 at 3:30pm – Outside of the ICE Office located at 13077 Veveras Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32258. Follow the link for important details on parking and protest guidelines. www.facebook.com/events/223071225156476
Families Belong Together Protest at ICE Detention — June 30, 10am-12am at the Baker County Detention Center in MacClenny. This event will be attended by Central Florida and Jacksonville Women’s March, as well as other organizations. We are attempting to gather a large crowd to keep the heat turned up on I.C.E. until more is done to reunify children and families. Check out this link for details.
Families Belong Together Protest — June 30, 3pm-5pm in front of Jacksonville City Hall. Join this protest to bring more awareness locally. Check out this link for details. act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/20212
Vigilia por las Familias Unidas (Vigil for United Families) — Saturday, June 30 at 7pm at Drew Park. This vigil is being led by members of the Hispanic community. www.facebook.com/events/1950401148337247/