A candlelight vigil will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday, at Cherry Park, 300 S. Alamo St. The event is part of the international “Lights for Liberty” movement to focus attention on inhumane detention camps at the borders. Events have been scheduled on five continents and almost 600 locations worldwide.
At 7 p.m. local time for each location, advocates will speak on the issue of human detention camps in the United States. At 9 p.m. local time for each location, participants around the country and the world will light candles in a silent vigil for all those held in U.S. detention camps.
The Weatherford vigil will feature a number of speakers, including Rev. Dr. Joanne Flowers, ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), retired Navy commander, and Ph.D. environmental epidemiologist; Felix Alvarado, director of the Texas District 21 for the League of United Latin American Citizens; Graham Bateman, executive director of Justice for our Neighbors-DFW, which offers immigration legal services, public education and advocacy for immigrants; and Sara Fairley, chief social programs officer for RAICES-Texas, the refugee and immigrant center for education and legal services.
Jerry Johnston, well-known Weatherford singer and songwriter, will sing his original music. Johnston has performed at clubs, festivals and music theaters throughout the U.S. His band is Folk Worth, an acoustic Americana-folk music group.
People should bring camp chairs or blankets for lawn seating. Candles will be provided.
For more information about the national event, visit www.lightsforliberty.org.