More protests of U.S. detention policies planned

VERMONT — After the group Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) raised the flag of protest against current U.S. immigration policies, more protests in the Green Mountain State are planned.
Lights for Liberty, a loose coalition of grassroots activists from long-standing immigrants’ rights organizations, has organized a day of protest for July 12.
As of press time, more than 450 communities in the United States had signed up to host events, including eight in Vermont.
Though none are currently scheduled in Addison County, SURJ organizer Caitlin Gildrien said she expects her group will organize one for Middlebury.
In the meantime, she and Rep. Mari Cordes, D/P Lincoln, and other activists are trying to spread the word about how to help.
“One of the best things people can do is help organizations that are helping at the borders,” said Cordes. “For example, RAICES (the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) and Annunciation House,” which has provided shelter and assistance for migrants and refugees for more than a century.
“We also have issues here in Vermont, so supporting Migrant Justice and listening to what they’re asking for is important.”
For more information about Migrant Justice and its work, visit migrantjustice.net.

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