La Paz Chattanooga, along with local organizations and churches, are joining the worldwide movement of Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps on July 12 at 8 p.m. at Coolidge Park.
"The vigil will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to detention centers across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees," organizers said. "Chattanooga is one of 15 communities in Tennessee and numerous communities across the country and world uniting to stand up against this human rights crisis."
“With this event we hope to unite people and encourage them to raise their voices to end the mistreatment of individuals, families and children at the border,” said Vivian Lozano-Sterchi, director of Social Impact at La Paz Chattanooga. “We are asking community members to become active and use their voice to call attention and ask for the end of these practices.”
Organizations involved in the execution of the Chattanooga event include La Paz Chattanooga, Mercy Junction Justice & Peace Center, First Christian Church, Mission Chattanooga, Mizpah Congregation, Northminster Presbyterian Church, Pilgrim Congregational Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
"The organizations are creating visibility for the humanitarian crisis that is family separation and mistreatment of refugees who have the right to seek asylum in the U.S.," organizers said. "Their hope is to educate community members on the issue and on how they can help the families in need."