Okanogan County citizens participated in the nationwide Lights for Liberty vigils at three locations, including Twisp, on July 12.
In Twisp, about 50 people gathered at the Commons Park to hear speakers, share thoughts and informational resources, and for quiet reflection. The gathering was organized by the Okanogan Action Coalition (OAC). Speakers were Jeanne White and Cameron Green of OAC, and Leahe Swayze of the Showing Up for Racial Justice Methow Valley Immigrant Rights Group.
At the Ellisforde Church of the Brethren in the Tonasket area, 48 people gathered with speakers, personal stories, shared information and resources, and song. In Okanogan, at Legion Park, about 40 people came together in prayer, song and reflection.
According to a press release about the events, the vigils “were not just about one day of action; it represents a commitment to stand together to support human rights, comprehensive immigration reform including protection of Dreamers, protection of asylum seekers, and a humane response to the humanitarian crisis at our borders. No matter one’s specific feelings about much-needed immigration reform, most folks recognize that the way we are currently treating fellow human beings is not in line with the values and original documents on which the United States was founded.”
“Lights For Liberty is a grass-roots organization formed five weeks ago by folks who felt they needed to speak up,” the release said. “From a few folks talking together, this event grew to over 800 communities holding informational vigils, and sponsored by scores of individuals, organizations, and church groups.”