Vigil for US Refugees in Toronto
A coordinated global vigil to protest the inhumane treatment of refugees in the United States, this will include Toronto, Onratio. On Friday, July 12, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., at 361 University Avenue, across the street from the U.S. Consulate.
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” - Eli Wiesel
Follow this page for updates for the Toronto event, or email lightsforlibertyTO@gmail.com with questions. And be sure to join the Facebook group too to comment/post:
7:30 - begin gathering
8pm - speakers
9pm - Vigil
We will have approximately 1 hour of speakers prior to the vigil.
Vigil itself will occur at 9:00 pm at the corner of Armoury St and University Avenue, across the street from the U.S. Consulate. More details to follow!
- Lights for vigil: attendees are strongly encouraged to use candlelight apps on their phones or bring glow sticks, in lieu of actual candles. Candles will not be provided.
- Transportation options: the nearest TTC stop to the vigil is St Patrick Station, approximately 1 block away. For those driving, the nearest Green P Parking Garage is the Nathan Phillips Square garage, which has an access point on Armoury St at Chestnut St. Please note, however, that the Outdoor Art Festival is occurring at Nathan Phillips Square the same night - so parking may be limited.
- Posters and signs: We encourage everyone to share their posters and signs in advance to share ideas on this event page, the Facebook group page, or elsewhere under the hashtag #LightsforLibertyTO.
- Accessibility: The vigil grounds are wheelchair accessible. Please contact us with any specific concerns.
- Washrooms: Publicly-accessible washrooms are available at the Tim Horton's on University Avenue just north of Dundas and inside City Hall, which can be reached via a walkway from Armoury St.
- Questions? Post here (see above) or email lightsforlibertyTO@gmail.com.
WHAT: On July 12, 2019, legislators, activists, and concerned citizens will stand in peaceful vigil at every detention camp, and in cities, towns, and homes around the world, to protest the horrific conditions of the detention camps along and in relation to the U.S. southern border. This is the Lights for Liberty demonstration (www.lightsforliberty.org).
WHY: As you may have read from news reports, the United States is detaining infants, children, and adults in fundamentally dangerous conditions at detention centers spread across the south. Reputable news reports have catalogued lack of beds, lack of food, unsanitary conditions, toddlers and infants left for days without adult care, the widespread use of solitary confinement for disabled and special needs individuals, intentional sleep deprivation... the list goes on. #Dontlookaway. Take a stand for those who cannot.