Vigils in Support of Refugees and Immigrants

About 85 people participated in a rally at NORCOR N0v. 5, 2017 in The Dalles.  We were protesting to show our Solidarity with about 20 people detained by ICE who were on Day 4 of a Hunger Strike asking for more humane conditions inside the county jail.  Gorge ICE resistance organized the rally and includes several clergy from the area who spoke about individuals who they have gotten to know through visits.  Only clergy and lawyers are allowed to visit.  The people who are detained were seeking improved conditions such as warmer clothing, time outdoors, more affordable toiletries, free video calls with families, etc.  The strike ended in the morning with some of their demands met including milk being served 5 days a week, a hot breakfast on weekends, 3 hours of free video calls per month, access to warm underclothes and shoes...  

It was clear the importance of  letting people inside know that those of us on the outside have not forgotten that they are there.  We heard from multiple speakers that people who are detained feel completely powerless and are frequently held without information and often moved around to other locations without warning.  When they know that people on the outside are working for justice on their behalf it brings hope into a dismal place.  We at Bridgeport will keep working toward justice and putting political pressure on those who can make changes.  We will keep them in our prayers and let them know they are not forgotten.