Saturday, July 13, 2019

Last Night at the Lights for Liberty Vigil in Boone, NC

Donald and I attended our local Lights for Liberty vigil last night.

On our way into town, stopping to admire the flowers along our driveway I couldn't help thinking of children unable to enjoy simple things such as these, or a hug from parents while locked in cages by the most evil among us.

Locked in cages.

In the United State of America.

Words I never thought I'd hear, or say.

Because, after all, seeking asylum is NOT a crime.

These childred DIED in CUSTODY - in our government's custody:

Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle: She died on September 29 in our government’s custody. She was 10.

Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin: She died on December 8 in our government’s custody. She was 7

Felipe Gómez Alonzo: He died on Christmas Eve in our government’s custody. He was 8.

Juan de León Gutierréz: He died on April 30 in our government’s custody. He was 16.

Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez: He died on May 14 in our government’s custody. He was 2 1/2.

Carlos Gregorio Hernández: He died on May 20 in our government’s custody. He was 16.

This is on us.

And will ALWAYS be on us.

The shame and the horror, all coming from corruption in our leadership.

It's nice  having a partner who is as outraged and heartbroken about the state of the country as I am and who will stand by me in protest. Don Barley, I love you to the moon and back.

THIS is what democracy looks like.

Nancy Wells Shannon is a hero of mine

Todd Carter

 And then, breakfast for supper

There's strength in numbers. 

I felt that strength, along with hope, at last night's vigil. 

I will continue prodding each of you to join with your community members in participating in events of this sort as they happen. 

If we want our country to be a place we're proud of, we need to fight for it. 

These vigils and protests may seem silly to some of you. 

Some may think it's a waste of time. 

I think you're wrong. 

I've read comments from some of you at Facebook saying things like "Why aren't we taking to the streets about this?" 

Well - DO IT.

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