Although President Trump signed an executive order to stop the separation of children and their families at the US-Mexican border, there are still over 2000 children currently spread throughout the country; there is little clarity as to how and when will these children will be reunited with their families.
Last week, the Winchester Multicultural Network (WMCN), the Winchester Unitarian Society (WUS), and the Parish of the Epiphany convened to organize a vigil to bring Winchester residents together and to show their support for these immigrant families facing great need, pain and uncertainty. Over 150 people attended the event and many brought homemade signs showing their discontent and distress for this humanitarian crisis. The Reverend Thomas James Brown, Parish of the Epiphany, opened and closed the vigil program with words of inspiration. Representatives for the three leading organizations, Marilyn Mullane (Winchester Unitarian Society), Rosalyn Nazzaro (Parish of the Epiphany), and Juanita Zerda (Winchester Multicultural Network), spoke, a moment of silence was observed, and the cantor of the Temple Shir Tikvah, Beth Levin, and Rabbi Cari Bricklin-Small ended the vigil with a moving communal song.
At the vigil, residents were provided with numerous resources detailing how to get involved, how to take political action, and how to express discontent and worries to legislative representatives. The information also included tips on how to help and support organizations that are directly working to solve this Human Rights crisis. For instance, today, June 30, a National Day of Rally is being organized to tell President Trump to “end permanently the separation of kids from their parents. End internment camps. End the ‘zero-humanity’ policy that created this crisis. And reunify the children with their parents.”
How You Can Support Immigrant Families in Crisis (Download pdf)
Hear communal song lead by Cantor Beth Levin from Temple Shir Tikvah.
The Winchester Multicultural Network will continue to follow this humanitarian crisis and develop events to keep residents mobilized and informed. We thank the community for their continued support!
Visit Wicked Local Winchester photo gallery of the vigil.