Residents of Mountain View and other Bay Area cities on Friday are planning to take part in Lights for Liberty vigils, as part of worldwide protests against detention camps at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The July 12 vigils are targeting reports of inhumane conditions in the camps, mass deportation and deaths at the border.
In Mountain View, the vigil is set to meet downtown at 790 W. El Camino Real at Castro Street starting at 7:30 p.m., according to its organizers, Together We Will Palo Alto/Mountain View. Demonstrators plan to line the sidewalks, culminating in the candlelight vigil from 8:45-9 p.m. that will feature a mass reading of the lines of poetry inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty.
According to a release from Santa Cruz Indivisible, as of Wednesday there were over 689 registered Lights for Liberty events on Friday planned around the world.
Oakland will see at least two separate vigils: one at City Hall and another at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater. The City Hall vigil has over 40 sponsors and will begin at 5 p.m. The Lake Merritt vigil will begin at 7:30 p.m.
San Franciscans will also get multiple chances to participate in a Lights for Liberty vigil. Interfaith leaders will host an 11:30 a.m. event outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices at 630 Sansome St.
Another San Francisco vigil will be held at 7 p.m. at the Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround.
San Jose's Lights for Liberty event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at City Hall Plaza, 200 East Santa Clara St.
A Santa Cruz vigil is planned at the Santa Cruz County Courthouse from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
According to the Lights for Liberty website, vigils will also be held in Benicia, Monterey, Novato, Pacifica, Palo Alto and Redwood City.
For a full list of registered events, go to lightsforliberty.org/localevents.
Most events are asking participants to bring a flashlight, an electric candle or a phone. According to Mountain View event organizers, enclosed wax candles are fine but they are asking people not to bring exposed "naked" candles.