Please join us tomorrow (Friday, October 4th) at 5:30pm for a special photo at the Yamhill County Courthouse in McMinnville.
You can learn more about why we're taking this picture below. And here's a note with a few more details from Katie Moss who, along with Deacon Cindra Gray, volunteered to take the lead on this locally (thank you!):
We have seen ICE in the courthouse in Mac a number of times in the past few months, and they have made a few arrests there, which is making it less and less likely that immigrants come to their hearings, out of fear [...] Please come and join this “photo flash mob” for just as long as it takes to get us lined up, hold a sign and snap a couple of photos in front of the courthouse, on 5th St in Mac. I’m guessing we will be done by 5:40! This is not a demonstration or a rally. Please don’t bring signs of your own. We want folks who would not normally be comfortable at a demonstration to feel comfortable coming to this very brief event. Please forward this to anyone you think would want to be there. It is also posted on the Progressive Yamhill Facebook Group.
Photos have been rolling in this week from IMIrJ leaders in Deschutes, Benton, Lane, Polk counties and more. We're excited to add Yamhill to the mix!
Thanks to all for all the ways you show up in support of justice and our immigrant kin.
Sarah, Ron & Alaide
Dear IMIrJ leaders and friends,
Our ICE Out of Our Courthouses campaign is part of ongoing efforts to create a safer and more inclusive Oregon for all residents, regardless of immigration status. To widen the "circle of protection" until it includes all of us.
Throughout the summer, and in partnership with other immigrant justice organizations, local faith leaders have been organizing research meetings with local officials, participating in public actions, collecting signatures, sending postcards and e-mails, and accompanying community members directly impacted and threatened by ICE's presence in our courthouses and communities.
Starting Monday, and continuing over the next two weeks, members of local faith communities and friends will gather at county courthouses throughout the state to take photos demonstrating our support for efforts to keep ICE out of our courthouses. IMIrJ will compile these photos into a collage, putting a human face to our petition, and delivering them to state officials, along with an invitation to join us in our efforts to widen the circle of protection.
Scroll down for details on how to join or organize a Courthouse PhotoOp in your community. Through this simple, "light touch" action, replicated in counties throughout the state, we can continue to build the momentum and attention needed to keep Oregon courthouses and communities safe and inclusive for all.