Letter: Join protest Friday against migrant camps

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To the editor:

On Friday, across the U.S. and beyond, people will gather in a vigil to end human concentration camps. "Lights For Liberty " is a coalition of people, according to its website "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."

People will stand together to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants, many of whom are fleeing persecution. There will be vigils in our area from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. followed by the lighting of candles occurring in Kingston at Academy Green Park on Clinton Ave., in Albany at West Capital Park and in Pittsfield at Park Square. A search of "Lights For Liberty" will bring you to the website for more information as additional vigil locations are added. The

organizers also hope that people who remain at home will light candles or other lights in front of their homes.

I am profoundly saddened and horrified by the abuse of migrants ( human beings) by our government, especially the torture of innocent children. I cannot imagine how they will overcome the effects of being separated from family, and now at least seven have died. Attending School of The Americas Watch (SOAW) vigils in Columbus Ga. at the gates of Fort Benning taught me about atrocities against civilians by U.S. trained troops such as the El Mozote massacre of nearly 1,000 in El Salvador in 1981. How much of what migrants are fleeing can be traced back to our own government?

We must learn from the past, immediately cease crimes against humanity and find solutions that are decent. We must implement principles such as "Do Unto Others," not a new concept I dare say. Stand together, pray for the children, for humanity.

Wendy Dwyer,

Canaan N.Y.

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