Jericho Walk for Immigration Justice held in Springfield

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October 20th will mark one year since the arrest of 18 men and women at the old federal building in downtown Springfield.

Wednesday, more than a dozen members of the Northampton based Pioneer Valley Worker’s Center held what they called a Jericho walk at the site of those arrests last year. 

The worker’s center is opposed to deportation and the separation of immigrant families.

October 20th is a significant date for both the worker’s center and the Amherst United church of Christ.

“This is the day that Lucio Perez came to our church to ask for sanctuary and our congregation took a leap of faith and said we’ll do this. We didn’t know if this would be weeks or months, but it has now been a year,” said Katie.

Members of the church, along with the Pioneer Valley worker’s center, said they chose to demonstrate at Springfield’s old federal building because it houses the western Massachusetts office of homeland security.

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