Vigil for the Release of Detained Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee

I recently attended the vigil for Laura Ling and Euna Ling, Current TV journalists being detained by North Korea. The vigil was held concurrently on May 21st in Chicago, Portland, Orlando, Los Angeles and in New York City at Rockefeller Center (where I was). At the vigil, Laura Ling’s cousin, Angie Wang, read excerpts from a letter that Laura was able to send to Lisa Ling, her sister. The video and texts are as follows, and came from the Lia Chang blog

When I first got here, I cried so much. Now, I cry less. I try very hard to think about positive things, but sometimes it is hard too. Some days I get to go outside and get some fresh air. In the early evening, I do some stretching. I also sit and meditate. I breathe deeply and think about positive things that have happened in the day. For example, I think “I’m lucky I made it through another day.” I’m lucky my family is working so hard to get me released. I’m thinking about you all constantly and how fortunate I am to have an amazing family. Stay strong and please take care of yourselves. That is my request. Know that I’m thinking of you and dreaming about being reunited with you all again.

All my love,

Laura

If you’d like to attend the next vigil, here’s more info (you can also join the Facebook page): 

On Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 6 cities across the country will host public vigils to bring awareness to their detainment. Through a grassroots effort on FACEBOOK, Candlelight vigils in NYC, DC, Birmingham, LA, and San Francisco are being organized in the name of justice, upholding the truth and freedom for Laura Ling and Euna Lee.  Bring a candle and come out to show your support.

DATE: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

TIME: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Washington Square Park (The Fountain)

5th Ave & Waverly Place

NYC

To volunteer or for more information, please email Danielle Chang atchangdanielle@yahoo.com.

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