Lights for Liberty protests held across the country Friday to protest the conditions at the southern border.
Dozens showed up to the one in Blacksburg in front of the Lyric theater on College Avenue. The whole area was packed with a huge crowd of people holding signs, listening to speakers. The event was meant to shine a light on what some consider the darkness of society.
“All 800, almost, of these together make a statement that we’re not going to put up with these inhumane policies that are happening in this country right now. That we’re going to do better,” said Scott Bailey.
Bailey was one of the speakers. He brought his daughter and says he sympathizes with the parents being put into the detention centers separated from their children.
“I’ve never been in that situation, but these people that are bringing kids up, that are making 1,000 miles treks to find a better life, a safer life for their kids. I think I would do the same.”
It’s a cause Bailey’s daughter Chelsea agrees with.
When he asked her how should we treat kids at the southern border, she responded, “Way better than we do know.”
There was also a table set up for people to write into their local lawmakers.
“We need those in power to do the right thing,” said event organizer Lauren Colliver. “We need them to stop these immigration raids, we need them to stop these detention camps.”
Sending a postcard to lawmakers was something very important to people like Marie Martin.
“I just want people who are fighting the fight, I want them to know that we appreciate it and that we are not in the minority,” said Martin.
She says she believes in American and an issue like this doesn’t matter what side you’re on.
“This isn’t about republicans or democrats, it’s about people. Individual people,” Martin said.
Organizers say they don’t want this to be just an event, but the start of a movement. And they are encouraging people to support local organizations doing something to help, like the Blacksburg Refugee partnership