More than 30 vigils are planned across Massachusetts for Friday, including in Salem, in connection with a national campaign protesting conditions in migrant detention centers.
Immigrant, religious and labor groups, along with other advocacy organizations throughout the country are holding "Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps" demonstrations, with "key events" planned for El Paso, Texas; San Diego; Homestead, Florida; New York City and Washington, D.C.
Vigils in Massachusetts are planned at locations including the Franklin County Jail and Detention Center in Greenfield; Plymouth Rock; Congressman Seth Moulton's district office in Salem, where Moulton and state Reps. Lori Ehrlich and Paul Tucker are scheduled speakers; and outside the Statehouse in Boston, where Massachusetts Jobs with Justice is the lead organizer.
Most of the local events are candlelight vigils set to occur in the evening. Organizers of the vigil at First Baptist Church of Hyannis planned theirs for 11 a.m. "so as to avoid Friday night tourist traffic."