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A Loud Silence: Finding Community at the Vigil for Children Fleeing Violence

On this chilly November evening, Abel Nuñoz, executive director of CARECEN Central American Resource Center, addresses the forty or so people gathered in a circle by the fence of the White House’s backyard. “We have been coming here since July,” he calls into a megaphone. “We came here in t-shirts, with the sun still in the sky. Now it is darker earlier, and colder, but we are here again. And we demand the same things.” A round of applause passes through the small crowd – a diverse group of individuals brought together over the past few months to form a community around the idea of solidarity.