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B-N Social Justice Group Sets Focus On Global Child Suffering

Protest at BCPA
A Stand Up for Social Justice rally in October 2017.

The leader of a Bloomington-Normal social justice coalition says more focus needs to be on children at crisis in the world rather than the Russia investigation.

“We’d mostly just like to raise awareness about the continuing plight of these children in our world,” said Linda Unterman, who leads Stand Up for Social Justice. “In both places (Yemen and the U.S.-Mexico border). Just so they’re not forgotten. We can’t forget these children, even though we seem to be focusing on other events in our country.”

This month’s Stand Up for Social Justice vigil Tuesday is designed to raise awareness for those children.

Unterman said there are more children housed at the Mexico border than all but one federal prison in the U.S.

“The kids at the border, I mean, I know in the last couple weeks we’ve seen new arrivals tear gassed, which is abhorrent," she said. "And thankfully we haven’t seen that again. But we can’t forget the previous arrivals, some of which are still languishing in that desert detention center.”

Unterman cited Doctors Without Borders, saying the situation in Yemen is a humanitarian crisis that leaves little to no access to health care.

The vigil starts at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday on the lawn of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

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