Immigrant Solidarity Network (ISN) is an outgrowth of Central Oregon Neighbor Love (CONL), an interfaith group of churches committed to immigrant social justice. CONL organized in January 2017 in Deschutes County as the rights of immigrants were being questioned. Beginning activities included workshops on identifying and addressing Latinx concerns, sponsoring three major events during Bend’s first Welcoming Week in September 2017, ongoing potluck dinners to establish real friendship ties to the immigrant community, and establishing a legal services law office for immigrants in Central Oregon.

As more citizen groups expressed interest in being involved, CONL expanded and became the Immigrant Solidarity Network. Now ISN operates with bi-monthly general meetings at which the work of five subcommittees is shared and new projects are defined. The subcommittees include: Communications/Awareness, Personal Connections (Friend-Making), Direct/Resource Services, Action for Justice, and Legal/Accompaniment Services. Anyone interested in immigrant rights and issues is welcome to attend and assist in any of ISN’s many different projects by joining the UU ISN cohort.

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