CEDAR RAPIDS — The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa and other groups in the region will host the Cedar Rapids Light for Liberty vigil Friday to protest the treatment of asylum-seekers.
“We are a coalition of people, 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,” the event Facebook page says.
The event will take place outside the Federal Courthouse in parking lot No. 44.
Activists will speak from 7 to 8 p.m. A silent candlelight vigil and walk will begin at 8 p.m.
Other groups sponsoring the event include Cedar Rapids Pride, Freedom for Immigrants Eastern Iowa and local and state chapters of League of United Latin American Citizens.
It’s part of an international group of “Lights for Liberty” with events on five continents.
The Cedar Rapids event is one of 11 in Iowa. The other cities holding protests are Burlington, Decorah, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fairfield, Fort Dodge, Nevada, Storm Lake and Waterloo.
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