About four dozen people began walking Monday morning, Oct. 1, from just east of Sheridan along busy Highway 18 (avoiding a couple of semi-fresh roadkill skunks) in a seven-day rally to call attention to immigration detentions and opposed a ballot measure that would repeal Oregon's sanctuary law.
Members of the Rural Organizing Project led the march that will wind its way through Newberg, Forest Grove, Portland, Gresham and eventually end Saturday morning, Oct. 6, outside the NORCOR jail in The Dalles, where immigrants are being held by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
The march began with a Sunday afternoon rally near the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution west of McMinnville. A couple dozen immigrants arrested by ICE are being held at the prison. People involved in the march camped overnight on farmland and then packed up and began walking the 143-mile route to The Dalles from Farmer John's Produce Stand on Southwest Oldsville Road. Stops with rallies are planned in McMinnville, Hillsboro, Portland and Hood River.
Members of the group will also canvass door-to-door in Newberg in oppose Measure 105 on the November general election ballot. The measure would repeal the state law forbidding local law enforcement from being used to enforce federal immigration laws.
• Tuesday, Oct. 2, Newberg, 1:30 p.m. canvassing neighborhoods in opposition to Measure 105.
• Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m., march from Forest Grove to Hillsboro. 4 p.m., rally at the Washington County Courthouse in Hillsboro. 6:30 p.m., a community picnic in Shute Park.
• Thursday, Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m., gather at Elizabeth Caruthers Park. 1 p.m., gather at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 S.W. Park Ave., and march through downtown. 3:30 p.m., rally outside congressional offices near Holladay Park near Lloyd Center.
• Friday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m., march from Portland to Hood River. 4:45 p.m., rally in Hood River.
• Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m., gather in The Dalles. 1:30 p.m., rally outside NORCOR jail.
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