On Friday, YWCA Princeton proudly stood in solidarity with the immigrant community, and all of those who are enduring inhumane conditions at the U.S detention centers by participating in the #LightsforLiberty vigil in Hinds Plaza. The vigil in Princeton was part of a global demonstration to voice our collective disgust with the policies that separate families, and withhold basic necessities such as toothbrushes and water to those who seek refuge.
Local organizations such as Princeton Marching Forward, Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, Indivisible Princeton, Indivisible Cranbury, Stand CNJ, Princeton Progressive Action Group (PPAG), and Lawrence Citizen Activists organized the vigil, and we thank them for including us in this important work.
We joined several other social justice organizations such as the Latin American Legal Defense and Education fund (LALDEF), RISE, and Princeton Human Services.
Local activists and representatives who spoke at the vigil included: Maria Juega, co-founder of LALDEF; Councilwoman Leticia Fraga; Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker; Rev. Alexis Fuller-Wright of Christ Congregation Princeton; Veronica Olivares-Weber of the Princeton Human Services Commission; and Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University, and Rev. Alexis Fuller-Wright.
YWCA supports immigrant justice because it is integral to racial justice.
All immigrants – regardless of status – deserve to be safe, healthy, and treated with dignity and respect.
YWCA has been providing support to immigrant women and their families since it was founded nearly 100 years ago. We will continue to do so. Our English as a Second Language program empowers immigrants and newly emigrated peoples. The program serves over 370 students every year.
Over 25 years ago, we founded our Bilingual Nursery School to provide affordable child care for Latinx families. Today the program serves over 30 bilingual preschoolers every year.
Our Latinas Unidas program serves Trenton women, most of whom are Latinx, and immigrant women. The program provides these women with English literacy education a
nd job training so that they are empowered to advocate for themselves and their families.
Lastly, YWCA Princeton, along with the former YWCA Trenton, founded Stand Against Racism in 2007. Stand Against Racism was founded to raise awareness about racism
and its impact on people of color. YWCA Princeton continues the Stand Against Racism campaign and it is now a national program for all YWCAs across the nation.
If you care about immigrant justice and immigrant rights, then take a Stand with us. Follow us
on social media @ywcaprinceton, and come to our Stand Against Racism events.
For more resources from all of the organizations present at the Princeton Lights for Liberty vigil, click here.