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Letters, Aug. 26

Fasting again

One year ago today, I joined with other Rogue Valley activists on the first day of a three-day Hungry4Justice rolling hunger strike in solidarity with the detained migrant mothers in Port Isabelle Detention Center, who began the strike because they were not allowed to call their children on the phone. A year later, I’m fasting again.

In the past weeks, three immigrant children have died of the flu in U.S. custody, and the administration is now changing the rules so that families with children can be held in detention indefinitely. Families belong together and free. Seeking asylum is not a crime.

Last month, a group of parents and children from all over the Rogue Valley visited the office of Rep. Greg Walden to ask him to co-sponsor R 3918, the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act, first introduced by our Sen. Jeff Merkley in the Senate. But Greg Walden has stayed silent.

I write today to call on our community to pressure Rep. Walden to co-sponsor this bill, because in the words of Jesus, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Alison Duren-Sutherland

White City

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