“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,
for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
- Hebrews 13.2
As Christians we are called to a vision of the beloved community where all are welcome and there are no divisions. Our historical and personal narratives include being sojourners in new lands and being reliant on the welcome of strangers.
On the upcoming ballot, Measure 105 would repeal Oregon's sanctuary law. The sanctuary law limits the use of state/local law enforcement resources to enforce immigration law. This law was passed 30 years ago in 1987 by all but two legislators in response to patterns of profiling of Latino people. Nearly 175 cities, counties and states followed Oregon’s lead and passed similar laws.
As mentioned in MCC's January 2017 statement on Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees as Neighbors, sanctuary laws are common “....precisely because law enforcement officials understand that mixing local policing and immigrant enforcement makes communities less safe by causing immigrants to fear reporting crimes to police.”
Stand up for our neighbors by voting NO on 105.
Casa Alitas—“House of Wings”—is a shelter in Tucson, Arizona set up in 2014 to help immigrants from Central America who come seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. It was started by Catholic Community Services and is supported by MCC.
HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED?
Financial and in-kind donations are needed to provide items for specific clients of Immigration Counseling Service, a local organization that offers legal and social services to immigrant victims of crime.
The needs range from Tri-Met tickets, to pre-paid cell phones, to funding for medical exams required for immigration petitions (more info on Below). Please see the display in the back of the church for more information about how you can contribute, and contact any member of the Radical Hospitality Team with questions. In-kind donations will be collected through March 29 (in the Old Chapel, or directly to a Team member if you would like a receipt). Financial contributions can be made through the offering (designate the gift for ‘Radical Hospitality’).
Your Financial Gifts will provide a year of support for the following:
You may also donate the following items directly (in-kind):
Please speak to a team member if you can provide the following:
The ACLU of Oregon Mobile Justice smartphone app was created to empower individuals to hold Oregon law enforcement agencies accountable for their actions.
The updated app records both audio and video and also now saves a copy of the video to your device.
It has four main features:
RECORD - allows individuals to capture exchanges between police officers and themselves or other community members in video files that are automatically emailed to the ACLU of Oregon.
WITNESS - gives individuals the option to alert nearby Mobile Justice App users when they are stopped by police in order to witness and document the interaction.
REPORT - gives individuals the option to provide a more-detailed account of their interactions with police in an incident report, which will be transmitted directly to the ACLU of Oregon.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS - provides an overview of your rights in Oregon when encountering law enforcement.
The scriptures call us to extend radical hospitality to neighbor and stranger. Out of a Fall class on the issues of immigration, the Radical Hospitality Team has emerged to help PMC extend hospitality to vulnerable people, and especially undocumented victims of labor trafficking and other crimes.
THE RADICAL HOSPITALITY TEAM:
Christa Obold Eshleman