You are encouraged to attend a “Vigil for Dreamers” today at Congress Square Park, Portland at 4:30 pm. The “Vigil for Dreamers” is a call to Maine’s Congressional delegation to pass a clean DACA that protects DACA reciepients from imminent deportation. The Vigil is to urge Senator Susan Collins (R), Angus King (I) and Representatives Bruce Poliquin (R) and Chellie Pingree (D) to enact legislation protections that afford Dreamers a path to citizenship.
Local clergy and community leaders will address the large crowd expected to attend the Vigil. Speakers include but are not limited to: Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill, Rev. Tamara T. McGovern, Mufalso Chitam, City Councilor Pious Ali, Rabbi Joshua Chasan and others.
Congress Square Park is located at the corner of High and Congress Streets, downtown Portland.
Moral Movement Maine released the following statement: “As people of compassion, faith and conscience, we are called to stand with one another to love our neighbors without exception and to pursue justice in the world. The termination of the DACA program in September 2017 was an unjust action that has upended the lives of over 20,000 immigrant young people and continues to threaten the lives of thousands more. We cannot allow this injustice to stand. We must ensure that youth and young adults who came to this country as children can stay in the United States – the only place they know as home – and pursue a path to citizenship.”
The Vigil is timed to coincide with a visit by Senator Collins (R) who will be across Congress Street for a Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Portland Museum of Art. Moral Movement Maine is the same non-profit that was arrested and briefly jailed in Portland for staging a sit-in at Senator Susan Collins (R) One Canal Plaza office. The mission of the sit-in was to urge her not to support the Trump tax plan – which she did anyway. Furthermore, she was promised certain concessions in exchange for her support, but the concessions by the Republicans were never incorporated in the plan.
On January 1, 2018, the Moral Movement Maine was awarded the inaugural award – the Person of the Year – 2017 for this blog.
For more background information, please visit post herein dated January 1,2018, and December 7 and 8, 2917.