Jericho Walk held in Springfield one year after 18 people were arrested in old Federal Building

Hampden County

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

On 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.

Related: 18 charged with trespassing after deportation protest in Springfield

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

Katie Tolles of Amherst told 22News, “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.”

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

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