Our monthly protest event, the 1st Saturday of every month.
This month's theme: WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS: NO KIDS IN CAGES!! END DETENTION AND SEPARATION OF FAMILIES!! NO MASS DEPORTATIONS!!
The Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/FOR Monthly Vigil for Peace and Justice will be held Saturday, July 6, Noon to 1 P.M. at the corner of Illinois Ave. and Main Street in Carbondale.
On July 4 we celebrate the creation of a new way of being, based on the experiences of a nation of immigrants with inspiration from the then residents of this continent. In declaring their intention and reasons for founding a new country, our Founding Fathers began by arguing:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [people] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”
July 2019 finds us in a crisis created by ignoring our founding inspiration and national and international law and norms created since then. We have become a nation that locks up families and children in cages for having the same desires for safety and liberty. Some 13,200 migrant children, including adolescents who crossed the border alone and young children who were separated from their parents, are currently housed in more than 100 shelters across the country. Many reports indicate wide-spread abuse, neglect and injurious conditions for children who have already experienced violence and difficult journeys.
Groups working on the issue of immigration and treatment of refugees help clarify the issues:
“A presumption of liberty for asylum seekers and immigrants should be foundational for any nation endeavoring to respect basic human rights. The sacred rights to liberty and protections against arbitrary arrest and detention are embedded in foundational domestic and international human rights instruments, including the United States Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) prescribes that immigration detention “should normally be avoided and be a measure of last resort.” “People fleeing violence, in Central America and from elsewhere, should be able to present themselves to immigration authorities to express their fears, not illegally turned away or criminalized for entering between ports of entry to seek asylum”.
Town Square Pavilion
Main St and Illinois Ave
Carbondale, IL 62901 United States