Below is an action being organized by St. Bridget’s Church, the first responders on the frontlines of the raid in Postville, Iowa. Its hard to believe that we are approaching the one year anniversary of that day.
I remember listening to Sister Mary McCauley of St. Bridget’s speak out about the destruction brought by the raid. It seems only fitting that she is organizing this action to remember the event and to call for an end to the raids.
A Call for Nationwide Awareness and Commemoration
of the Postville, Iowa Immigration Raid
May 12, 2009
Tuesday, May 12 marks the first anniversary of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid on Postville, Iowa.
To stand in solidarity with the 389 people who were detained and their families, a nationwide day of remembrance has been declared to promote awareness of the devastating effects of raids.
The prayer vigil and walk to commemorate the event will be held as follows:
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
3:30 p.m. – Gather at St. Bridget’s Church, 141 W Williams St, Postville, Iowa
4:00 p.m. – Prayer Vigil and Remembrance
5:00 p.m. – Solidarity Walk to Agriprocessors
The event is a unified call for comprehensive immigration reform, just labor practices, family unity and an end to raids.
Invitations will be sent throughout the country to political and faith leaders, social justice advocacy groups, and all who offered assistance to those affected by the raid, requesting their presence in body or spirit on the day of the event.
On this nationwide day of remembrance and solidarity,
- We urge faith communities of all denominations to sound a call for justice, e.g., ringing of church bells or blowing of the shofar at 10:00 a.m., the time the raid began.
- Text of the prayer vigil and remembrance will be available for adaptation for local use after April 15 at www.postvillestbridget.org.
- Individuals and towns are encouraged to don red ribbons as in Postville on the day of the raid.
Media Contact: Sister Mary McCauley, BVM
Prayer Vigil text available after April 15 at www.postvillestbridget.org