Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Standing in Remembrance: Postville's One-Year Anniversary

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the raid in Postville, Iowa where 389 people were arrested in one of the most heavily-armed and militarized immigration raids in US history.

Postville's raid changed how the United States views immigration enforcement. One raid in one small town wrought destruction that is still evident today. There is an ongoing humanitarian crisis. The town's economy has fallen apart. Businesses have shut down. Companies have declared bankruptcy. Churches providing services have run out of funding. Kids are scared to go to school. And US citizen children have either been forced into the foster care system or exiled to a country they do not know.

Communities of faith across the country are standing in solidarity with Postville today, holding prayer vigils, ringing church bells, and wearing red ribbons to mark their remembrance of this devastating event and to call on President Obama and the US Congress to end immigration raids once and for all.

My colleague from Sojourners, Allison Johnson, is in Postville today, and has written a beautiful blog post talking about the reflections and feelings of those in Postville today. I encourage you to read her piece and to do your piece in showing solidarity to Postville.

Take action today by writing your member of Congress and let them know that you support comprehensive immigration reform.

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