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From the safe vantage point of history, many people today brag about what they would have done to stop the Holocaust or prevent the systematic incarceration of more than 100,000 peaceful Japanese-American citizens in U.S. internment camps during World War II. Guess what? Now is another great time to stand up for human beings in need. As your government continues to separate immigrant children from their parents and cruelly confine them in literal cages, conscientious folks around the nation are gathering for Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps. Sponsored by Code Pink and CHIRLA, the L.A. edition occurs fittingly enough outside Metropolitan Detention Center, the grim, forbidding, Death Star–like fortress of human misery operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Metropolitan Detention Center, 535 Alameda St., downtown; Fri., July 12, 7-9 p.m.; free. facebook.com/events/451670135678048.