Lights for Liberty – Cookeville, Madison, St. Petersburg

Alcanox in Cookeville, Tennessee: It was a nice event with a little over 100 people in attendance, which is not bad for a small college town.

Omnes Omnibus: Some photos from the Madison WI vigil. We had a good 300+ Sorry for the Cole-esque quality of some of the photos.

Joy in FL: There were a lot more people by the time the event began at 7, probably about 300. After the vigil, Indivisible FL 13 and ACLU had 4 breakout sessions about contacting legislators, protecting immigrants, visiting the Homestead detention center, and Actions to Enforce the Flores Agreement.

Still more…

23 replies
  1. 1
    Uncle Jeffy says:

    In a normal world, the transplanted Hitler Youth leader would already be on trial for crimes against humanity

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    Florida Frog says:

    Good night in Fernandina Beach. At least 100 people. Outdoor site at the marina was rained out but plenty showed up at the AME church in town. Good singing and practical help on what to do next.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Interestingly, the crowd in Madison was very white. Madison has a decent sized Latinx population, and the group did not appear to reflect that. It was, however, heavily Jewish if the number of “Never Again Is Now” shirts and signs were an indicator.

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    Mary G says:

    Thank you to Cheryl for curating these and everyone who attended and sent in photos.

  5. 5
    ThresherK says:

    EvenTheLiberalNewRepublic has pulled an incredibly tone-deaf piece about Pete Buttigieg. Some of us wondered how it got posted in the first place.

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    noncarborundum says:

    @Mary G: Seconded.

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    JPL says:

    @Mary G: I know! I just started sifting through all the areas that had vigils.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Mary G:

    Yes, this is great.

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    Brachiator says:

    Great photos. Good to see people turning out.

  10. 10
    HinTN says:

    Great to see that Cookeville had some action. Congrats, @alcanox.

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    Another Scott says:

    Thanks for the photos and the reports. Great stuff.

    Relatedly, Twitter:

    Dave Weigel Verified account @daveweigel

    Sherrod Brown, talking before 2020 candidate forum: “I called Donald Trump a racist, because he was, and he is. And I won the swing state of Ohio by 7 points. Elections aren’t about some ‘electability’ question. They’re about the question, whose side are you on?”

    12:53 PM – 13 Jul 2019


    (via LOLGOP)


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    Still more to come, but I think I’ll pack it in for a while.

  13. 13
    debbie says:

    @Another Scott:

    Yay, Sherrod!

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    Jay says:

    Important thread:

    My wife was a flight attendant and I was an Army officer in Atlanta in the late 90’s. I used to drop my kids off at a daycare that wasn’t bad and had cameras I could watch online. My daughter was maybe 3 or 4. I started noticing her spirit fading.— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) July 13, 2019

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: You got mine up, so go ahead with your break. Seriously though, thanks for publishing these.

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    debbie says:


    Take another look at the first photo in that thread. I am convinced Pence has his hand on that woman’s ass.

  17. 17
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I thought the same thing, and did a little digging. It’s his wife.

    Well down in that thread there’s a group photo of the delegation, and she’s standing next to him. Without being the least bit catty, she looks terrible. I don’t like anything about the woman, but I hope she’s not seriously ill. I seriously would never have recognised her.

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    Gin & Tonic says:


    Without being the least bit catty

    Where’s the fun in that?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Where’s the fun in that?

    Never said I was having fun.

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    CaseyL says:

    It’s great to see all these posts! I went to a small gathering at a Unitarian Universalist Church on Whidbey Island (Washington) – it has singing, poetry, and not much in the way of followup. One attendee did have specific advice for people who want to give actual in-the-moment help, which sounded quite useful, but which I feel a little paranoid about stating in a blog (an advocacy group could probably give the same advice).

    There were also supposed to be candlelight vigils on the island in Freeland and Coupeville, but I didn’t know about them ahead of time and could not find them.

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    debbie says:


    Someone must have removed it, but I believe you. The only time I saw her, she would not have looked like this woman. I believe the gray-haired guy on the left is Rob Portman. I feel another email coming on.

    I picture Pence and Mother sitting in church, while the ICE raids go on, outside of the church. Kind of like The Godfather.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Someone must have removed it, but I believe you.

    Weird. They apparently did.

    Luckily, I captured it a few hours ago. If you want to send your email addy to me at SiubhanDuinne at gmail dot com, I’ll gladly send it to you. Don’t see much reason to clutter up BJ with it, but for those of us who like to analyse photos, it’s pretty interesting.

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    debbie says:


    That’s okay, thanks. She’s isn’t worth whatever minuscule amount of carbon would be used up in an email.

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