Dorothy Cresswell and Dusty Miller: ​​​Amherst group protests immigration policies with weekly singing

Thursday, October 03, 2019

On July 1st, two of us from the First Congregational Church of Amherst, in desperate need to protest the current cruel immigration policies, went out to the street corner with a homemade sign and a guitar. We sang for one hour.

A friend posted a video on Facebook and by the next week, 18 people from all over the Valley and beyond stood side by side. The group has fluctuated in numbers, but faithfully continues.

This is a group of concerned citizens, inter-faith and beyond, who are holding a weekly singing vigil in Amherst center for the release of the detained children, reunification of families, and the end of unjust deportations. Over weeks and months these inhumane policies continue, and then even fade from the news, while out of sight the refugees’ suffering continues.

We will not be silent. Therefore we sing, even while our hearts ache. “Now is the time when we have to say something.”

We hope that more people will come and add their voices, Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m., at the corner of Main and South Pleasant streets in Amherst center.

Dorothy Cresswell

Dusty Miller