This afternoon the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
, a statewide group of Christian denominations, and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition
held a vigil and protest outside of the immigration office in northwest Portland as part of a national Isaiah 58 Solidarity Vigil
for comprehensive immigration reform.
The small but fervent crowd of about 50 people gave up their lunch hour to fast and pray with other Oregonians in protest of the SB1070
anti-immigration bill-recently-turned-law in Arizona. Inspired by Isaiah 58 and the notion that a "true fast" will loosen the "chains of justice," groups just like this will be meeting nationwide throughout the summer.
, a sponsor of today's demonstration, will hold another protest against SB1070 at from 5 pm-7 pm on July 29 at Holladay Park
at Northeast 11th Avenue and Holladay Street.