First, Paul Rael, Hispanic Lay Minister at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Postville, Iowa, requests that we contact our Senators and Representatives to push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We need to end the inhumane treatment the workers from Postville have had to suffer and all people like them throughout the United States. They live with GPS tracking devices attached to their ankles and are not allowed to take them off; as a result there are medical problems. They are not allowed to work or go home at this time. Families have been torn apart and may never be reunited; several businesses have closed and all together the whole community suffers. All they ever wanted was to work, feed their families and provide a better life for their children, a basic need of life that has been denied them.
Thank you for contacting your Senators and Representatives on their behalf. Here’s a Web site that makes contacting your elected officials easy: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
Second, here’s the event information for the first anniversary of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid on Postville, Iowa.
A Call for Nationwide Awareness and Commemoration of the Postville, Iowa Immigration Raid
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 http://www.postvillestbridget.org. Individuals and towns are encouraged to don red ribbons as in Postville on the day of the raid.
FSPA Justice, Peace and Integration with Creation Committee