Every day of the week, the Gorge ICE Resistance (ICE is Imigration and Customs Enforcement) holds a vigil at noon in front of the NORCOR county jail. NORCOR holds immigrants for ICE on their way to being deported or further incarceration.
Immigrant detainees report the conditions at NORCOR are terrible. They are civil detainees but are treated the same as prisoners. They have held 2 hunger strikes to get basic privileges such as milk, hot meals, blankets for the cold temperatures inside the facility, shoes (they are only issued sandals!), family visits (immigrant detainees are not allowed family visits), and prompt health care. These problems are ongoing.
Our faith makes no distinction between citizen and immigrant; between those with legal or without legal standing. All have inherent worth and dignity. All deserve justice, equity and compassion.
For the Action of the Week, Join Portland Immigration Rights members and friends on Saturday, December 9th in The Dalles. Sign up here via Facebook. It's an opportunity to stand together in vigil with the Gorge ICE Resistance and to say to NORCOR prison "ICE OUT OF NORCOR".
If coming from the Willamette Valley here is a meet-up for carpooling:
9:45 AM: Meet up in SE Portland at Ascension Catholic Church parking lot (743 SE 76th Ave) to leave at 10 AM. Carpools will go from there to NORCOR Prison in The Dalles: 201 Webber St, The Dalles, OR 97058
12 Noon to 1:00 PM: Rally in front of NORCOR.
The Mid Columbia UU Fellowship in Hood River inspired this action of the week. Members are often found at the daily rally in front of NORCOR. Their minister, Rev. Judy Zimmerman visits detainees weekly to keep their spirits up.
In Love and Faith,
Rev. Katie Larsell