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What’s happening in Postville, Iowa?

Today’s blog is a compilation of information shared by Sister Carrie Kirsch and affiliate Sharon Chavolla.

First, Sister Carrie shared an update on the trial for Rubashkin. She tells us that this really needs our prayers. “The trial might take months.  The trial in which some Postville Hispanics are to testify is to take place after this trial.  This means they need to stay in Iowa most of the winter.” The Des Moines Register article (Oct. 13, 2009) gives a complete update.

Second, affiliate Sharon Chavolla shared this PBS video in which FRONTLINE/World correspondents Greg Brosnan and Jennifer Szymaszek take a look at the lasting effects a U.S. immigration raid in Postville, Iowa, had on two small villages in Guatemala. It is a 15 minute video which is well worth your time.  Peace.


The raid in Postville, Iowa

“Solidarity is a wrenching task: to stand up for justice in the midst of injustice and domination; to take up simplicity in the midst of affluence and comfort; to embrace integrity in the midst of collusion and co-optation; to contest the gravitational pull of domination.” Kwok Pui-Lan
Dear All – It was wonderful to be with so many of you in Postville, Iowa this last weekend. Many thanks to everyone who came along and in particular Sister Julia who did such a wonderful job informing, organizing, and leading the journey.
It was powerful to be with such a diverse group across lines of class, race, gender, religion and age to stand as one body in prayer and solidarity calling for a just answer to immigration reform. The prayer service, march and speeches reflected values of mutuality, inclusion, and equity the very values so desperately needed in the policy and practices coming from the federal government.
I was struck  by a moment in the march as the crowd moved along saying different chants as a whole when four small voices rose above the crowd as these young girls came marching along holding signs and chanting “No more raids!” It was amazing on one hand to see young children involved in the organizing to resist the destruction of their own communities and families. On the other hand I was left with the unsettling question of what has our world become if children need to speak out at a rally to make sure their parents are not taken from them?
A paradox for sure, and I believe paradoxes point us to a deeper place in the heart where our understanding is not of a wholly rational nature but more in the language of hope and vision that opens the door to see a new reality for migrants emerge from all the voices gathered, in particular the voice of our future the children.
Much Peace Liz

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