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Local Group Launches "Bridges, Not Walls" Initiative

Integration Network for Immigrants in Lane County

Customers to Lane County businesses may see a new poster displayed in windows. A group is asking stores and restaurants to put up a flyer stating “Bridges, Not Walls.” The initiative is meant to bring awareness to immigrants in the Eugene/Springfield community.

Joel Iboa is with the Integration Network for Immigrants in Lane County. He says the group is launching their “Bridges, Not Walls” initiative to send a welcoming message to immigrants and refugees.

Iboa: “The primary interest of this group is the integration of the immigrant population into every facet of life in Lane County. A lot of immigrant populations, even if they’ve lived here for decades, continue to be disenfranchised and not a part of the larger conversation.”

Iboa says the message is not directed at a particular political party, although he does note the current political climate has been challenging for minorities.

Credit Integration Network for Immigrants in Lane County

The Network—which is made up of members of local governments, non-profits, and individuals—say at least 50 businesses have agreed to display the “Bridges, Not Walls” poster.

Businesses interested in a "Bridges, Not Walls" poster can visit the group's Facebook page.

Follow Kyra Buckley on Twitter @krbuckle.