Community invited to capitol July 12 for nationwide vigil

Published 10:15 pm Friday, July 5, 2019


Press release

Together Frankfort invites the community to participate in Lights for Liberty: A Nationwide Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, on the lower steps of Kentucky’s State Capitol in Frankfort. 

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Together Frankfort shares our concerns with thousands of other group — Frankfort Immigration Assistance Network, Kentucky Correspondence Club, United Farm Workers Foundation, New Sanctuary Coalition, the ACLU, among others — who are sponsoring mass mobilization against the federal government’s human detention camps.

Lights for Liberty vigils are scheduled in hundreds of locations around the United States and the world, with new locations being added daily. In Kentucky, Lights for Liberty events are organized in Berea, Florence, Lexington, Louisville and Paris.

On July 12, these speakers will be among those addressing Frankfort’s Lights for Liberty event: Becky Shipp, Frankfort Immigration Assistance Network; Mark Strickland, Together Frankfort; and Rep. Joe Graviss, Kentucky’s 56th state house district. Additional speakers will be announced.

At 9 p.m. on that day, around the country and around the world, participants will light candles in a silent vigil for all those held in U.S. detention camps to bring light to the darkness of these 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.

More information about Frankfort’s Lights for Liberty can be found at and on Facebook.

To find out more about Together Frankfort, contact Karen Armstrong-Cummings at or (502) 330-9115.