Portland Faith Community Leaders Come Together for Prayer Vigil for First Responders


Members of the media are invited to attend online prayer vigil including with faith and community leaders and law enforcement
Please RSVP to patrickroyal@sheriffs.org for ZOOM Link


Portland Area Faith Leaders
Portland Police Bureau Chief Jami Resch
Multnomah County Sheriff Michael Reese
U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams
Portland community leaders and general public

Saturday May 16, 2020 
Begins at 10:00am Pacific

Zoom link will be provided with RSVP, and recording will be distributed for those you cannot attend. RSVP’s can be made and livestream will be made available at http://www.portlandvigil.us
COVID-19, the coronavirus pandemic, has single-handedly changed the way people live in Portland and throughout the country. As of today, three more people have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, bringing the state death toll to 130 with 3,286 more confirmed cases. Amid these unprecedented times, the public servants at the Portland Police Bureau and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office have remained steadfast in their duty to protect and serve. As an expression of appreciation for all the courageous work of officers and law enforcement professionals during the current pandemic, the Portland OneCOP Initiative and the national “Supporting the Blue” campaign is hosting this Virtual Prayer and Support Vigil for Portland Law Enforcement.

About the National Sheriffs’ Association:
The National Sheriffs’ Association is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the U.S., representing more than 3,000 elected Sheriffs across the nation, and with a total membership of more than 14,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among Sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of law enforcement, public safety, and criminal justice. Throughout its seventy-nine-year history, NSA has also served as an information resource for all law enforcement, as well as State governments and the Federal government.

About MovementForward, Incorporated:
MovementForward, Inc. (MFI) is a modern, inclusive social change organization working to protect, promote and advance the civil and human rights of all people. We are building a multiracial, multifaceted and intergenerational movement for social justice, economic parity, educational equity, racial reconciliation and global peace by bringing diverse people together to solve problems. Founded in 2015 by emerging faith leaders in Atlanta, MFI provides this generation of Americans a conciliatory voice to offer programs, projects, activism, empowerment opportunities, and targeted issue campaigns to advocate for one standard of justice regardless of race, class, gender, religion, orientation or immigration status. MovementForward, Inc. provides innovative, inclusive, and solution-focused direct action, leadership development, ongoing programs, special projects, educational forums, community meetings and other strategic advocacy initiatives for civil and human rights, racial reconciliation, social justice, civic and cultural development, peace, and economic and educational parity.

The “One Congregation One Precinct” (OneCOP) initiative, MovementForward’s signature program, facilitates positive, ongoing partnerships between local law enforcement agencies and diverse congregations of every faith tradition. This includes organizing various crime and violence prevention/solving efforts, hosting public safety briefings, providing cultural and sensitivity training, conducting officer appreciation events, holding community safety workshops, and hosting forums focused on bettering the relationship between cops and citizens.