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Thursday, December 10, 2009

PHOTOS: Interfaith Community Holds Vigil for Immigration Reform in Portland

In observation of International Human Rights Day, faith leaders, community leaders and neighbors gathered in front of the Edith Green Federal Building in Downtown Portland on Thursday evening for an interfaith vigil. The goal of the vigil was to lift up the protection of immigrants and their families, and to pray for moral leadership from congressional leaders and for swift passage of just and humane immigration reform.

Leaders from various religious backgrounds shared the symbolism of light and the importance of welcoming the stranger in each of their faith traditions. The vigil was followed by a candlelit procession to First Christian Church, where a welcoming celebration with food and music was held.

Here are photos from tonight's interfaith vigil:

The event was sponsored by the Oregon New Sanctuary Movement, Portland Jobs with Justice, the American Friends Service Committee, CAUSA, Witness for Peace, and the Committee for Solidarity and Mutual Support. The vigil held in Portland was just one of many held in cities across the country which included New York City, Seattle, and Chicago.



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