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Last Thursday Witness


Please join us this Thursday, January 30th, at our Last Thursday Witness in front of the ICE building (4310 SW Macadam Ave.).  The vigil will be co-hosted with the Doctors 4 Camp Closure--Oregon Chapter. 

This January 24 marks one year since the passage of the "Migrant Protection Protocols"--the policy that forces migrants who have come seeking safety through asylum to remain in Mexico for the duration of their legal proceedings. It is a hugely unjust policy that has brought unspeakable hardship and danger for many thousands of people (including children). 
Several IMIrJ members and other Portlanders who recently went to the border to do health and legal aid will share stories of what we saw and learned from those at the border. 

Health providers have recently formed an Oregon chapter of Doctors 4 Camp Closure (D4CC) to call for an end to all immigrant detention, an end to family separation, an end to dangerous deportations, and independent health oversight at all immigration detention facilities. We will tell a little about D4CC and how we hope to continue the work being done for immigrant health justice here in our community. 

Additional events hosted by our friends and partners

January 28th: Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves

The American Friends Service Committee's (AFSC) Friends Relations office, the UUA and UUSC's Love Resists campaign, Church World Service, and Freedom for Immigrants are hosting a five-session monthly interactive e-course for groups to explore, reflect, and act for social change. 

The course explores: 

  • Anti-racist practice, to reflect on how to show up consciously to work alongside those most impacted by injustice, with caucus groups for people of color and white people.
  • The U.S. immigration system's history of racial exclusion and how it plays out today.
  • Criminalization, immigration, and the prison industrial complex.
  • Anti-Blackness and working for immigrant justice.
  • The theology and practice of accompaniment.
  • Real life examples through case-studies.
  • Practical skills to apply to accompanying immigrants in ICE check-ins, detention visitation, and other contexts.
Find out more information and register through the AFSC Website. You can join other IMIrJ leaders taking the course by writing "IMIrJ" as your organizational affiliation.  

February 18th: The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon

Our friends from Spirit of Grace's Sanctuary Team are hosting an Oregon Humanities Conversation on Tuesday, February 18 from 6 - 8:30 pm. Manuel Padilla will be facilitating the community conversation. 

Global displacement is on the rise. Oregonians have and will continue to see the results of international migration in our neighborhoods. How might we build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities? Come find out! 

Find out more information and RSVP at this link
IMIrJ is joining together with friends at Oregon PSR (Physicians for Social Responsibility), Oregon Doctors 4 Camp Closure and others to organize a joint caravan up to Tacoma for the Day of Remembrance, Day of Action being planned by colleagues and friends in Washington. 

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