From the Port Townsend Leader, Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Our local immigrant rights organization, the Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates (JCIRA), stands in solemn and shocked solidarity with the communities in El Paso.
We join the chorus of condemnation against those who participate in white nationalist groups, against those who support such groups, and especially against those in power whose rhetoric and statements encourage such groups or their members to act as in El Paso.
No one following the continued demonizing and dehumanizing of immigrants on our southern border can fail to understand that this tragic mass murder in El Paso on Saturday is but the latest harvest of the hatred and racism so freely spewed by leaders in public discourse. The deaths and injuries occurred in El Paso, but this evil act is causing fear and anxiety across our land including in Jefferson County.
We urge you to join us in making clear that all immigrants are welcome here and that we stand with them in this difficult time.
John Collins and Lawrence Jensen
Board members, JCIRA
Click here for link to letter in the Leader
Lights for Liberty - Vigils Against Concentration Camps in Port Townsend and at Northwest Detention Center July 12th
Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants.
Friday the 12th
At the intersection of Adams and Water Streets in downtown Port Townsend (next to Nifty Fifty's)
Join JCIRA and others TOMORROW, July 2nd, as we protest in to #ClosetheCamps in Port Angeles at Representative Derek Kilmer's office. Bring signs! Please share!
Protest starts at noon
Rep Kilmer’s Office
332 E 5th St
Port Angeles, WA 98362
If you want to carpool from Port Townsend, meet JCIRA at the Port Townsend Park n Ride at 10 am. We will set up informal carpools there.
Learn more about the protest here
Please join us!
Come do Yoga on the 4th with Terry Wagner at Unity Center for Spiritual Enrichment, 3918 San Juan Ave., Port Townsend, Washington 98368
9:30-11:00 a.m. All levels are welcome.
All proceeds will go to Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates.
For info contact Terry at 360-821-8363.
Please call your Senators and Representatives NOW and let them know that the cruel treatment of immigrant children is not acceptable, now or ever. Reports this morning exposed the disturbing conditions at a Clint, Texas facility that holds at least 250 immigrant children, many of whom have families in the US waiting to take care of them.
We cannot stand by while these atrocities happen. All children deserve high standards of safety and care and respect.
Our representatives and senators really do see every message that we send them, so please CALL NOW, and tell them your name and where you live and why this is NOT OKAY. They have the power to take a public stand for what is ethical and just:
Please watch this video report from Democracy Now this morning below for more talking points:
"They’re breaking law as to the conditions of detention.
They’re breaking the law as to the number of hours that they can keep the children in Border Patrol facilities.
They’re breaking the law as far as how long these children are being kept in ORR facilities.
They’re breaking the law by taking the children away from their families.
And they’re also breaking the law by transporting them on Texas state highways without the appropriate child seats and infant carriers and, you know, these booster seats that are required by law.
Everywhere I look, this administration is breaking the law.
And the Border Patrol employees that we talked to said they don’t understand why the American people aren’t outraged by the mismanagement that they’re experiencing."
(Warren Binford on Democracy Now! 6/24/19)
JOIN US: Rally against Trump's threat of mass arrest/deportation of all undocumented residents this Saturday, June 22nd, 11 a.m.
Trump's threat to round up all undocumented residents this week may be campaign blather but his blather is never innocent. We cannot let this escalation of action against immigrant families be normalized and go un-protested. Whether or not this grandiose threat can be accomplished, it inspires fear among immigrants and we may see at least some increased ICE activity in response to Trump's proclamation.
Please join us for a rally this Saturday, June 22 at 11am on the northwest lawn of the Community Center in uptown Port Townsend, outside the Farmers' Market. If we get a large turnout, we will have a simultaneous rally at the Food Coop Triangle at Kearney and Sims Way. The address for the Community Center is: 620 Tyler St, Port Townsend, WA 98368
--Bring your own sign or make a sign at Chris and Art's house, Friday, June 21 at 4:30pm. They live at 1126 Sheridan Ave., at the corner of 12th and Sheridan.
--On Saturday, please don't expand the rally into the Farmers' Market. Demonstrations aren't allowed inside the market and we respect that.
--Please be aware of traffic and safety.
--RSVP's to email@example.com are not required, but welcome for planning purposes.
We're sick of these threats and fear-mongering. Please spread this message widely and ask your friends to join you. If not now, when? PLEASE COME!
Please join us on Sunday to support JCIRA at this wonderful benefit concert of the Ladies Chamber Orchestra and Benevolent Society.
4 p.m. Sunday June 16th at First Baptist Church
1202 Lawrence St, Port Townsend
See you there!
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