Sheridan to NORCOR: Overview

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For one week, rural Oregonians, members of faith communities, immigrant and long-time residents of our state will march together from Sheridan Federal Prison (FCI Sheridan) to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) in The Dalles. Both FCI Sheridan and NORCOR--a regional jail--hold contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), renting beds to ICE in order to lock up immigrants and refugees seeking asylum.

We invite you to join us on a 7-day pilgrimage
to demand an end to the 2 ICE contracts in Oregon and
to call for dismantling all systems of detention and deportation.

We demand:

  • The release of all migrants from incarceration

  • An end to the ICE contract at FCI Sheridan

  • An end the ICE contract at NORCOR

We call on our neighbors to: Vote no on Measure 105 in order to protect Oregon's "sanctuary" law that prevents local resources (like law enforcement) from being used to detain immigrants and refugees living in Oregon.

Our vision is: A welcoming community, with the repeal of all laws that make migration a crime and the dismantling of systems of detention and deportation.

Faith communities throughout Oregon have been organizing alongside partners to push ICE out of our communities. In Josephine County and the City of Springfield, organizers ended their jails’ ICE contracts. The administrator of NORCOR who expanded the 4-county contract with ICE just submitted his letter of resignation. Asylum-seekers are being released from Sheridan. We have shown up for rallies, interfaith worship services, strengthened sanctuary policies in our cities, and organized rapid response teams to show up at courthouses. And we’ve won.

We now demand that FCI Sheridan and NORCOR end their ICE contracts. We call upon our neighbors to vote no on Measure 105 to defend Oregon’s 30-year-old sanctuary law. We call upon the Trump administration and Congress to end the brutal attack on immigrants and refugees and to repeal all laws that criminalize migration, put people in cages, and separate families every day.

This journey is made possible by the collective effort of the following organizations: Rural Organizing Project, Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, ICE Out of Sheridan, Unidos Bridging Community, Hood River Latino Network, Gorge ICE Resistance, Gorge Ecumenical Ministries, PCUN, Causa, Capaces Leadership Institute, Innovation Law Lab, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Enlace, American Friends Service Committee, Basic Rights Oregon, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Portland Tenants Union, McKenzie River Gathering, Working Families Party, SEIU 49 and others.


We will journey together for 7 days.
You can join us for the entire journey, or just for a part of it.

You can walk or caravan.

If you would like to join us for all or part of the journey from Sheridan to NORCOR,
please register by Sunday, September 23rd and we’ll send you additional information.

The Journey: Route and Schedule

Overview of the 7 Days of Action

Many of us will journey together for 7 days. All are welcome to join us for events along the way.
See below for times and locations and follow the links to the Facebook events.
For further detail, including daily meet-up locations and times, see
this welcome packet.

Day 1: Sunday, September 30th * Sheridan
Sheridan to NORCOR: The Kick Off Rally
Journeyers convene in Sheridan for set up and orientation.
4-6:30pm: The Kick Off Rally! Meet at South Side Park. Main parking at Sheridan High School. Rural caravans from around the state gather at FCI Sheridan to declare our resistance to detention and deportation and call for the end of ICE contracts at Oregon’s two detention centers: FCI Sheridan and NORCOR regional jail in The Dalles. We will rally together in front of FCI Sheridan and then share a langar, or communal meal, prepared by members of the Sikh community. Those continuing on with us the next day will return to camp at a farm nearby for a campfire and preparations for our first day of marching and caravanning.

Day 2: Monday, October 1st * McMinnville
Sheridan to NORCOR: Sanctuary in the Streets
Journeyers walk or caravan approximately 5.5 miles to McMinnville
5:30pm: Rally outside the public library in downtown McMinnville

Day 3: Tuesday, October 2nd * Newberg
Sheridan to NORCOR: Community Canvass – No on Measure 105
Journeyers walk or caravan approximately 5 miles from Dundee to Newberg.
1:30pm: Taking Action for Sanctuary in Oregon – No on Ballot Measure 105! An afternoon of electoral action–going door to door to talk with community members about why we need to vote no on Ballot Measure 105.

Day 4: Wednesday, October 3rd * Washington County
Sheridan to NORCOR: Sanctuary Everywhere
We will convene together in Forest Grove, Washington County, home to incredible immigrant rights organizing, to march (and/or caravan) together. We will stop for lunch in Cornelius and continue onto an action Hillsboro.
4pm: Rally at Washington County Courthouse in Hillsboro where faith leaders and local organizers have been a constant for presence for one year. We will end our evening with a march to Shute Park and community picnic at 6:30pm.

Day 5: Thursday, October 4th * Portland
Sheridan to NORCOR: Unshackle Oregon
Journeyers caravan to downtown Portland
9:30am: Meet up with us at Elizabeth Caruthers Park and march a few blocks to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where we’ll make our message clear: end the contracts in NORCOR and Sheridan.
1pm: Meet up at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park. Join rural and urban Oregonians as we come together and march to several locations along the water, throughout downtown, and across the bridge.
3:30pm: Rally and street event outside Congressional offices at Holladay Park in NE Portland.

Day 6: Friday, October 5th * Hood River
Sheridan to NORCOR: Somos Uno
Journeyers caravan from Portland to Hood River
12pm: Lunch & afternoon action prep for journeyers – getting ready for NORCOR!
4:45pm: Rally and March in Hood River. Meet at Jackson Park located at May St & 13th St in Hood River. We will march and rally in downtown Hood River, calling attention to the impact of ICE in one local community. At 6pm we will convene at a local sanctuary church for a community dinner and celebration of our journey! Music, food and stories will fill our evening to celebrate the journey from Sheridan to the Gorge.

Day 7: Saturday, October 6th * The Dalles
Sheridan to NORCOR: The Send Off Rally
Journeyers caravan from Hood River to The Dalles
10:30am: March through The Dalles! Meet up at the Sunshine Mill parking lot (901 E 2nd) on the east side of the parking lot–next to the grain silos. Journeyers, leaders and community members in the Gorge and friends from around the state will convene for a march through downtown.  As we march, we will stop along the way to learn about the history of organizing and resistance to detention and deportation in the Gorge. We will end our march in front of NORCOR regional jail where journeyers and local organizers will lead us through some resistance in action!  
1:30pm: Send off Rally at NORCOR: 211 Webber Street, The Dalles in solidarity with those detained inside. Political theater, music, speeches and more!

The Journey: FAQ

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions here.

Still have a question? Contact ron@imirj.org or grace@rop.org