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Interfaith Movement for 
Immigrant Justice

Movimento Interfe para la Justicia del Inmigrante
Dear IMIrJ friends,

Today Jews and allies across the country will gather for Solidarity Shabbat to honor the victims of last week's tragic shooting in Pittsburgh. We hold in prayer and love our Jewish kin in Oregon and beyond. We are with you.

We say no to hate, no to anti-semitism, no to white supremacy, no to attempts to divide us. We say yes to love - and yes to life in beloved community that recognizes our inherent interconnectedness and celebrates difference.

And we recommit to build this world from love
Here in Oregon, we say No to 105 - an attempt to divide our communities, rooted in racism and fear.

For well over a year, faith communities have been hard at work to defend and expand sanctuary for all in our state.

You collected thousands of Decline to Sign/No on IP22 pledge cards, you sang holiday carols calling out IP22 for what it is, you hosted Sanctuary Everywhere vigils, and countless educational forums, panels, and worship services. You’ve shared the stories of community members who have the most to lose if M105 passes. You’ve written letters to the editor (check out this one recently published in the Bend Bulletin) and liked/loved/tweeted to your networks. You’ve hosted No on 105 house meetings in your congregations and neighborhoods. You’ve gone door-to-door to talk to fellow neighbors, rain or shine. You’ve called. Texted. Sent postcards.

Now we’ve come to the home stretch of a critical crossroads in this struggle. In three days, Oregon voters will decide: will we embrace and embody diversity, equity and inclusion or will we embolden white nationalists? Will we choose the road of beloved community, rooted in love and an understanding of our interdependence - or will we opt for a path of fear and hatred?

So please, if you haven’t yet, vote No on Measure 105. Turn in your ballot. Encourage your friends, neighbors and fellow faith community members to do the same. Then, consider signing up to volunteer with our partners at Oregon United for one last shift to help get out the vote. There are opportunities throughout the state. Sign up here.

Regardless of what happens on Tuesday, we know this: our efforts have helped to sharpen our analysis, build shared power and deepen relationships. All things that we are going to continue to draw from and build on for months and years to come. 

Finally, mark your calendars: on Tuesday, November 13th, all are invited to a special gathering in Portland from 6:30-8:30pm to meet IMIrJ’s incoming Executive Director, Alaide Vilchis Ibarra! We will have the opportunity to share reflections post-election, and think and dream together about what the future holds for all of us and IMIrJ in 2019. Watch for more detail coming soon...

Your IMIrJ staff team
Sarah, Ron, Jimmy & Alyssa

PS. Election Day is also the last day to submit comments opposing a proposed regulation that could result in the indefinite detention of immigrant children. Please take a moment to submit your comment online. 

The Trump Administration has proposed new regulations to detain immigrant children at the border indefinitely and keep them in potentially unsafe conditions. Comments opposing and criticizing these rules are due by November 6, 2018. Learn more and add your comment today.
Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
503.550.3510 |


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