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This is Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez.

Just 16 years old when he entered the US alone, on May 13, 2019.

He was a healthy child.

An optimistic child.

He was alone when he died 7 days later in a Border Patrol Station in Texas.

Carlos is the most recent of the #TrumpSeven.
2/ Carlos had 8 younger siblings who called him Goyito.

He loved playing soccer and music, especially piano and bass.

Carlos came to US to help support his brother Edgar who has special needs.

When he arrived in Rio Grande Valley (RGV), he was healthy.

3/ Children like Carlos are supposed to be in Border Patrol custody for 3 days or less.

Carlos spent SIX DAYS in McAllen BPS — without reason — instead of transferring to ORR custody.

Carlos (from Guatemala) was caged with people from Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil, Nicaragua…
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Wondering how to carry your activism forward in the wake of #Lights4Liberty? Start here.

1. Donate to a local host organization in your area that is doing frontline support work for migrants and those in detention. Make it a monthly donation if you can.
2. Call your US representative and senators daily and demand an end to US concentration camps, accountability for DHS, ICE and CBP, and an end to human detention for all migrants.

(202) 224-3121 is the Congressional switchboard.
3. Volunteer with a local immigration rights advocacy organization. Our host organizations are a good place to start.
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People across the USA (and world!) peacefully championed human rights and kindness on July 12, 2019.

We lit candles, sang, and prayed.

We vowed to #EndUSConcentrationCamps.

Lights For Liberty began with a moment.

Now @Lights4Liberty is a movement… 🗽

(photo @NatDaviswriter)
1/ “We are a justice seeking people, and we are singing for our lives.”

All over the world, people sang for immigrants, for refugees, for children taken from parents, alone and afraid.

We sang for justice.

We sang for our lives.

#LightsForLiberty ✨🗽

2/ @Lights4Liberty advocates gathered in all 50 United States.

Our community quickly became a massive movement, united together against the culture of cruelty.

This was the first of many peaceful events.

#Lights4Liberty ✨🗽

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Lights for Liberty #50States #CloseTheCamps
#LightsforLiberty #Lights4Liberty

THREAD of all 50 States & DC
Find your State's & Retweet it to your Senators (I've tagged) & Rep
All Twitter Handles here:
In the "very red, very small" town of Anniston #Alabama

#LightsforLiberty #Lights4Liberty
#AL @brookecarbo
@SenDougJones @SenShelby
THREAD #50States
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I attended #NetrootsNation this week, and though I am a liberal not a progressive there were plenty of great sessions. Thur was a session regarding the census with @EricHolder @vanitaguptaCR @AlexPadilla4CA as they were speaking word came that Barr would be joining Trump today😮
@EricHolder is kicking ass on the census, gerrymandering and local elections
Today I marched for the first time in Philadelphia for the #LightsforLiberty rally, hot as hell but wow, they shut down the streets and we filled them.
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Heading out in a couple minutes to the #lights4liberty vigil in Lexington, MA. #CloseTheCamps
If you somehow happen to see me there, I have a few Fight Fascism stickers on me. Take ‘em off my hands if you like.
“Bless us with anger. Bless us with tears. Bless us with foolishness.” #Lights4Liberty
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Well, holla at ya girl in the southern district of NY!

We are here

No hate.


Immigrants are welcome here.
no caption needed
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I haven't said much about the #ConcentrationCampsForKids at the border. Every time I want to sit down and write, there's another fire to put out. An asylum claim referred to court. Another #MuslimBan separation. An ominous letter from a government agency. (That was just today.)
The camps are the natural extension of the evil system of for-profit detention, which in turn is built on the tragically wrong assumption that detention/deportation is the only cure for breaking an immigration law, which in turn presumes our immigration law is fair and sensible.
A college professor of mine said it best: "The painful lesson here is that mistaken ideology can produce thoughtless cruelty in gentle, kind-hearted people." In other words, how pretty much every genocide in history started.
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1/ Mariee Juárez was only 21 months old when she died after being held in Dilley Family Detention Center in Texas.

She was a healthy child.

A happy child.

She and her mother fled the violence of Guatemala.

Mariee died on US soil, of medical neglect.

First of the #TrumpSeven:
2/ Mariee at 19mos and her mom entered the US along our Mexico border on March 1 2018, and were transferred to Dilley FOUR days later…

Not THREE as legally mandated.

They were put in a cell with 5 other mothers and their kids, some of whom were sick. Especially one little boy.
3/ By March 11, 2018 — under a week after being imprisoned in a Dilley camp cell — Mariee had an “acute upper respiratory infection,” diagnosed by a physician’s assistant at Dilley.

She was prescribed honey packs and Tylenol.

She did not get better. 💔

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Please share widely. Our personal reports of what is being done to children by our government on our behalf has been labeled as "fake news" by the president on Twitter. 1/X #lights4liberty #dontlookaway
I directly met with and participated in interviews with approximately 30 children (including infants and sibling groups) at the Clint Border Patrol facility over the course of four days last month. 2/x #lights4liberty #dontlookaway
Our entire team met with a total of approximately 60 children. A related team met with and interviewed dozens of additional children being neglected and abused in the Rio Grande sector the week prior. 3/x #lights4liberty #dontlookaway
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1/ This is Jakelin Ameí Rosmery Caal Maquin, the 7 year old girl who died in U.S. Border Patrol custody.

Jakelin’s death was a tragedy. This thread explains why.

#NoKidsInCages #Lights4Liberty ✨🗽
2/ Jakelin liked to climb trees.

She jumped at a chance to come with her dad to the USA.

She thought she might get her first toy.

She’d just gotten her first pair of shoes.

Jakelin died in U.S. custody on Dec 8, 2018. She was 7.

#Lights4Liberty ✨🗽
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I'm watching @Lights4Liberty organize/prepare, and I'm totally against what's going on at the border in these Trump concentration camps.

But I'm still left asking why nobody has the same energy when it comes to police killing unarmed black people, & Flint not having clean water.
Hear me out. Tamir Rice was 12-years-old, and all he gets is a damn nonprofit dedicating the gazebo where a racist Cleveland police officer shot and killed him, dedicated to a museum?

Where is the outrage that @phoenixpolice pulled guns on black babies. Where are the protests?
Why isn't a Vigil being held to end police killing unarmed people in America? #SurvivingAmericasPolice
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Everyone asks how I cope with the human suffering and abuse I witnessed at the CBP facilities. I struggle to find the words to convey what I have seen. It was a defining event in my life. There was my life before, and my life now. I will never be the same.
The only way I know how to move forward is to take action. Because if I don't I will break under the weight of grief and rage. So, to anyone listening please light a candle on July 12 in honor of those whose human rights we have violated. They are people. People just like us.
Move forward. Take action. Join the warriors in the arena. It's scary but if I can do it, so can you. To my sisters @KristinMinkDC @ECMcLaughlin @merylnyc and all the others in the arena (you know who you are) I love you and I will stand with you until the end. That is how I cope
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Every American should read this.

"We were so shocked by the number of children who were there, because it’s a facility that only has capacity for a hundred and four."

CBP is housing 350 kids in a warehouse with no windows. Keep reading.…
"And it appears that that one warehouse has allegedly increased their capacity by an additional five hundred kids."

"And so what we did then was we looked at the ages of the children, and we were shocked by just how many young children there were."
"There were over a hundred young children when we first arrived. And there were child-mothers who were also there, and so we started to pull the child-mothers and their babies, we started to make sure their needs were being met."
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Two companies, @CoreCivic and @WeAreGeo, are profiting off of US concentration camps run by our government.

"According to federal government data, GEO Group receives more taxpayer dollars for immigration detention than any other ICE contractor."…
"In FY 2017, GEO Group received $184 million, followed by Corrections Corporation of America/CoreCivic that received $135 million for immigration detention related service obligations."

Both have been accused of using migrants as slave labor for profit.…
Moreover, GEO runs the facility in Homestead, FL for migrant children, where kids aren't allowed to hug, play outside for more than hour a day, receive and education OR MEET WITH LAWYERS.
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"Lights for Liberty: A Nationwide Vigil to End Human Detention Camps"

Please share this far and wide. @Lights4Liberty

#DontLookAway #EndTrumpsConcentrationCamps
We are a coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.
We are partnering with national, regional and local communities and organizations who believe that these fundamental rights are not negotiable and are willing to protect them.
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