Written by alex rodriguez on September 3, 2017
The Ziji Collective, in conjunction with the Buddhist Peace Fellowship Portland chapter and the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ), invites all concerned about the criminalization of immigration to join in a monthly mindful walk of compassion and solidarity the second Thursday of each month in Portland, OR.
Our next mindful walk is September 14th, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) Oregon headquarters: 4310 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland. The goal is to have all four sides of the I.C.E. building wrapped in a continuous stream of compassion. Participants need not be Buddhists or member of any faith. Instruction in the practice of moving meditation will be given at the start of each event.
Mindfully walking together as compassionate witnesses allows us to be present in a silent moving vigil. We extend loving kindness to all with the aspiration that all beings be safe and free from harm. It enables us to show up with compassion for all those whose lives have been affected by current U.S. policies that violate the Constitution: detaining people without due process, failing to provide people with legal representation, and engaging in the cruel and unusual punishment of family dissolution.
We believe that no child should live in fear of coming home to find that their mother or father has been disappeared. No mother or father should live in fear that their child will be sent alone to another country. No individual should feel they can be detained and deported without due process. No government employee should be required to participate in cruel and unusual punishment or actions that violate the U.S. Constitution.
We walk in hope that the inherent worth and dignity of all people will be respected, and for a time when all are welcomed in our nation of many immigrants and their descendants.
For more information or to contact event organizers, please visit the Facebook Event Page.