Lights for Liberty: Vigil to Close the Camps

On Friday evening several of us from Appamada and Buddhist Action Now joined hundreds of others from the Austin community, as well as towns and cities around the country, for a vigil to protest the federal governments treatment of migrants at the US-Mexico border. We heard several informative speakers including a local immigration lawyer, political activists, family members of an incarcerated child, and local and state government leaders. When the sun went down each person in the crowd turned on their LED candle or flashlight as symbols of the light we hope to shine in these dark times. When we joined together to sing “This Little Light of Mine” we felt that we also joined together in our resolve to stand up against the cruel treatment of those being detained in crowded and squalid conditions at the border.  Appamada and Buddhist Action Now were glad to stand with the Austin community and the country against the inhumane treatment of migrants.