Are there other ways to protest? Yes, IMIRJ, the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, provides accompaniment to ICE check-ins and court hearings; writes letters of support for immigrants seeking to stay in the United States; organizes faith communities to join the Sanctuary movement and stand with our immigrant neighbors and friends when they are "profiled" or discriminated against.
I am reading an interesting book, This is an Uprising, by Mark and Paul Engler, Nation Books, New York, 2016. The authors analyze social movements that "conduct carefully planned exercise in mass disruption." How can I/we disrupt ICE operations? Strategic non-violence means a variety of tactics: sit-ins, boycotts, marches, mass arrests and legal action and yes, public vigils. The purpose of these tactics is to educate the public about a problem and to encourage others to act.
In 2018 I think that we are called to DISRUPT the normal detention and deportation process. I am not sure how but please send me your ideas and thoughts so that 2018 can be the year of civic resistance. Future blogs will let you know what we decide to do.
Our vigil/rally closed with the statement:
Dear People of Oregon, ICE out of Oregon is what we ask for, We are here to stay, Because this is our only home.
NOTE: There are monthly vigils at the Washington County courthouse and the last Thursday of each month outside the Portland ICE office from 10AM-11AM. For more information, check the website www.imirj.org