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Dear IMIrJ leaders and friends in Eugene,

How energizing to be together with so many of you two weeks ago for a first Gathering in Eugene, and especially to welcome new leaders to the circle!

Join us tomorrow (Tuesday, October 1st) at 2:45pm for a special photo at the Lane County Courthouse (See below for details)!

For those who were there and for those who wanted to be but couldn't, here is a mini report-back:
  • We used a diagram from Daniel Hunter's book Building a Movement to End The New Jim Crow: An Organizing Guide to talk about the difference between "endless actions" (or endless educational events) and campaigns, which "channel group power by focusing on a concrete goal." From our standpoint as people rooted in faith communities, we considered the role of theological reflection and meaning-making in campaign work. We also talked about how the practices, relationships, stories, and rituals of our diverse traditions can help sustain us and locate our action within a broader vision. 
  • Then, we took a look at one of IMIrJ's current campaigns, ICE Out of Our Courthouses. The campaign aims to: a. ensure our county courthouses are safe and accessible for all residents, regardless of immigration status, and b. make it harder for ICE to detain and deport our immigrant family members, friends, and neighbors. Together we reviewed our working strategy map and campaign timeline.
  • We sketched out a simple 30-60-90 day plan (see below) with concrete actions we can take as leaders and faith communities as part of this campaign. 
  • Finally, we took a moment to share about what the work of immigrant justice has looked liked for each of us in Lane County over the past few years.
As always, it's so encouraging to be in a room of such committed and inspiring leaders. Thank you for all you do and for all the heart you bring to this shared work!

Take care,

ICE Out of Our Courthouses & Communities
a simple 30-60-90 day plan

30 DAYS (September)
  • Continue collecting signatures on our Petition for a Safe & Inclusive Oregon
  • Conduct additional research meetings with local officials to learn more about relationship and communication with ICE (contact to join the team)
  • Mobilize fellow community members to take a group photo tomorrow (Tuesday, October 1st) at 2:45pm as part of statewide effort at courthouses across the state. Special thanks to Kathy and Jennifer for organizing!
60 DAYS (October)
  • Participate in a strategy call with IMIrJ leaders statewide to assess current opportunities for campaign and next steps. (Details forthcoming.)
  • Monitor plans for the UTCR Committee's hearing of a proposed rule to prohibit ICE arrests in Oregon Courthouses.  
90 DAYS (November)
  • Pull together a team of 4-5 leaders from your congregation who commit to a 90-day (Dec - Feb) effort to educate and engage your faith community for the duration of the Oregon legislature's 2020 short session. (IMIrJ is coordinating with partner orgs. to explore possibilities for legislation to strengthen statewide sanctuary statute and/or prohibit ICE arrests in courthouses.) Ideally, all team members will attend IMIrJ's Winter Quarterly Gathering together in early December (exact date TBD). 
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