Tyler residents gathered recently to write postcards to lawmakers and to make signs for the Lights for Liberty vigils that were held Friday night across the country.
The Smith County Democratic Party hosted a card-making workshop at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday morning.
Nancy Nichols said the goal of the event was to get local congressmen and senators to pay attention to the plight of migrants at the border.
Nichols said the group has previously delivered 75 postcards and petitions to U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, and Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.
The Lights for Liberty event was to be held in hundreds of cities at the same time on Friday.
Rhonda Brinkley said with the recent news of the conditions of migrants in detention centers, and the deaths of a father and his toddler trying to cross the Rio Grande, she believes it is time for people to put politics aside.
“It should shed some light that this is not where we want to be as a country,” Brinkley said. “We should be diverse. We call New York the melting pot, but now we want to pour that pot out. We need our leaders to take a step back.”
Brinkley said she is hopeful the events will show people that it doesn’t take a lot of action to begin making a difference.
“At the end of the day, we’re all human beings and we have to remember that humanity comes first,” she said.