The presentation is blessed with drumming, song, incenses and indigenous dancers.
Young people one by one stood (unashamed) up to the podium and told personal testimonies and then shared their frustrations, of being undocumented and how the current laws are hurting them and ruining their lives, and treating them like criminals.
(80 minute video)
After the dancers, Amanda Fritz gives a short speech about being an immigrant at age 21 and her recent support for the Dream Act.
Members from the NW Immigrant Youth Alliance took turns speaking, the youngest was 8 years old.
All of the speakers announced "I am undocumented" which was met with a round of solidarity applause.
Many were wearing shirts with the words "Undocumented"
The speeches were in English and Spanish.
Many of those who spoke, told how they have been here all their lives... who came here with their parents at a very young age.
Now they are young adults, and are standing together with dignity and solidarity against a system that is criminalizing them
As their dreams seem shattered, and their goals to succeed over-ridden with fear of arrest and being ripped from their families and homes
These youth are boldly speaking out about our broken system ...
These youth need the communities support.
They are "our brothers and our sisters".
Hear their voices ...they are undocumented and unashamed.
"They are not alone"
There is a FB link here w/ more information:
The event ends with some of the group caring a banner and chanting slogans as they march down the sidewalk, in a group of about 50 ... they march to Pioneer Square.
No police or any uniformed authorities were present that I noticed.
Portland Copwatch was in there.
Over 100 people in the audience I would estimate.
Oregon New Sanctuary Movement is offering assistance to undocumented people through information and legal help.