A vigil for immigrant rights included a performance by the College’s gospel choir, as well as an open mic. (Photo courtesy of Tania Calle.)
Students from the Coalition for Immigrant Student Action (CISA) and the Williams Gospel Choir, alongside Chaplain to the College Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, held a vigil on Thursday to honor the lives lost at the U.S.-Mexico border.
During the ceremony, which took place in Baxter Hall, CISA members shared stories of immigrants who have recently died while attempting to cross the border or while being held in custody at border detention centers, including the story of Oscar and Angie Martinez, a father and daughter who drowned while crossing the Rio Grande after spending two months seeking asylum in a migrant camp in Mexico.
The event also included a prayer from Bailey Fischer, a performance by the Gospel Choir and an open mic session where several students shared poetry, stories and thoughts on the effects of U.S. immigration policies and dehumanizing national discourse.