Vigil planned in Janesville in response to Charlottesville events

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Gazette staff
Monday, August 14, 2017

JANESVILLEActivists plan a vigil in Janesville on Tuesday in response to demonstrations by racists in Virginia over the weekend.

The event is set for 4 p.m. at 20 S. Main St., which is the Olde Towne Mall, where Rep. Paul Ryan's office is located.

The "peace vigil," organized by the Rock Valley Fellowship of Reconciliation, was announced Monday evening on the Facebook page “Democracy Rocks-Rock County.”

“Stand in #Solidarity with Charlottesville, promote peace, oppose racism, oppose violence and #DefendDACA,” the posting said.

DACA is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program established by former President Barack Obama's executive order, which allows people who entered the country illegally as minors to receive deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.

Ryan has called for a humane solution for families that will be affected by DACA but criticized Obama for implementing the law without legislative approval, according to news reports.

Ryan on Saturday denounced in a tweet the “vile bigotry” being expressed by demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, and said, “White supremacy is a scourge.”

Last updated: 9:02 pm Monday, August 14, 2017

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