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A Summons for the Tenth Anniversary of Postville Immigration Raid

A Summons For The Tenth Anniversary Of Postville Immigration Raid

May 11 Postville Anniversary Raid Summons:
Sr. Mary McCauley: “At this very moment it is the people affected by these raids that are summoning us.”

Read article from Des Moines Register: 10 years after the Postville raid that grabbed up 400 immigrants, a town struggles to reclaim its identity: “I’ve often said that I didn’t want what happened in Postville to just be a footnote in a textbook,” Mary McCauley, BVM said. “It was a critical, historical moment in our history as America, in our history of immigration, in the way we handle immigrants and refugees, and it should be a learning and it should serve as a call for change.” Watch video:

BLOG: How Will We Answer the Summons?
Rebecca Eastwood – May 9, 2018

(Earlier)

May 12, 2018, marks the 10th anniversary of the Postville Immigration Raid. Nationwide, people of diverse faiths and cultures will gather to remember the 389 workers, their families, and friends whose hopes were crushed from the raid at Agriprocessors, a meat-packing plant in Postville, Iowa.

BVMs will gather with others at St. Bridget Church, Postville, for an Interfaith Prayer Service at 10 a.m. The group will walk to Meyer Park, near the site of the raid, at 11:30 a.m. for a noon rally.

This is a SUMMONS to press for comprehensive immigration reform!

We will gather to:
• remember the workers who were arrested on May 12, 2008;
• recognize this as a Summons—a defining moment to challenge current anti-immigrant rhetoric and behaviors; and
• unite in demanding just, humane, and comprehensive immigration reform.

We invite individuals and groups across the country and the world to stand in solidarity with those gathering in Postville by joining in prayer and action. A prayer service will be available online. This 10th anniversary is a defining moment!

Mary McCauley, BVM, pastoral minister at St. Bridget Parish in Postville during the time of the raid, shares, “This anniversary calls us to demonstrate our resolve by championing the rights of immigrants and refugees, recognizing, respecting and affirming their inherent dignity, their contribution to our society, and their right to justice.”

For more information, contact:
Mary McCauley, BVM
mmccauley@bvmcong.org

https://twitter.com/ColumbanCenter/status/994965444326055936 

 

Sister Mary McCauley, BVM  talks about and promotes the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Postville, IA immigration raid: https://youtu.be/Do65mJxEcxo

Watch this video to summon us to never forget the devastating effects—on communities, families and children—of our obsession with enforcement: https://vimeo.com/258675948

Read article from Des Moines Register: 10 years after the Postville raid that grabbed up 400 immigrants, a town struggles to reclaim its identity
“I’ve often said that I didn’t want what happened in Postville to just be a footnote in a textbook,” Mary McCauley, BVM said. “It was a critical, historical moment in our history as America, in our history of immigration, in the way we handle immigrants and refugees, and it should be a learning and it should serve as a call for change.” Watch video:

BLOG: How Will We Answer the Summons?
Rebecca Eastwood – May 9, 2018

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