Sarah Sanders, left, Rev. Sarah Richards, and Becca Tally look to the inmates in the yard at the Pulaski County Dentition Center during the prayer vigil Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Ullin, Ill. (Jared Treece | @bisalo )
Sarah Sanders, left, Rev. Sarah Richards, and Becca Tally look to the inmates in the yard at the Pulaski County Dentition Center during the prayer vigil Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Ullin, Ill.

Jared Treece | @bisalo

Gallery: Activists hold prayer vigil at Pulaski County Detention Center

“We’re trying to do this to remind authorities, number one, that we’re still here and haven’t forgotten. But more importantly to pray for and be in solidarity with the detained immigrants,”

October 11, 2020

The Carbondale Interfaith Council held a prayer vigil at the Pulaski County Detention Center on Sunday to pray for the detainees, their families and for the center’s employees. 

Rev. Sarah Richards, of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship and Co-president of the Carbondale Interfaith Council spoke at the event along with several other religious leaders from the Carbondale area. 

“We’re trying to do this to remind authorities, number one, that we’re still here and haven’t forgotten. But more importantly to pray for and be in solidarity with the detained immigrants,” Richards said. 

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On Oct. 3., The Southern Illinois Immigrant Rights Project and the Midwest Council for Civil Rights came to the detention center to protest the poor living and health conditions that inmates receive.  

Rafael Fu, of  Marion but originally from Honduras, said he came out to the event to show his support.

 “I think that the most important for us is to let them know that the community is not all the same. There is people that care,” Fu said. “We wanted to let them know that.” 

The Carbondale Interfaith Council also tried to donate supplies to the center at today’s vigil, but they were turned away.

Staff Photographer Jared Treece can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @JaredCTreece. To stay up to date with all your southern Illinois news, follow the Daily Egyptian on Facebook and Twitter.

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