Tisha B’Av: #CloseTheCamps Vigil, Sunday, August 11, 2019, 7:00 pm

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Sunday, August 11, is Tisha B’Av, a Jewish day of mourning, when Jews around the world remember some of the greatest tragedies of Jewish history. Many Jews take this day to fast and reflect on the future. Today, there is a tragedy occurring right here in our midst, as ICE targets members of our community and tears families apart. Asylum is a legal right, and modern-day asylum seekers and immigrants deserve to have a fair and just legal process, not packed into detention camps.  Legislative initiatives, such a North Carolina’s House Bill 370, deny such rights. Jews have historically been those refugees fleeing persecution and seeking shelter in safe lands, so on this Jewish day of mourning, we will be supporting the Jewish community in not standing idly by. 

Join Carolina Jews for Justice, the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice, Temple Beth El and partners for a vigil and rally to #CloseTheCamps at 7 pm EDT on Sunday, August 11. We will gather at Marshall Park to read Lamentations, mourn, and demand an end to the awful conditions confronting immigrants, including children, in detention camps! 

There will be a donation collection at the Holocaust Memorial in Marshall Park which will be collected for the Migrant Assistance Project. Please bring items such as drawstring backpacks, medicines (such as Advil, Pepto-Bismol, and Children’s Pain Reliever), toothbrushes, toothpaste, snacks (such as cheez-its, peanuts, cookies, and crackers), and children’s activities (such as crayons and coloring books).  

For more information, contact Carolina Jews for Justice, the Stan Greenspon Center or Temple Beth El.

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