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1 year anniversary march in Postville calls for immigration reform


DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- It was an event that put the small Allamakee County town of Postville in the national spotlight. In just a few hours, last may 12th, 15% of the town was taken away. Tuesday marked the 1 year anniversary. It was an emotional day which started with 389 bell tolls at St. Bridget's - and ended with a march to Agriprocessors.

As one walker put it - god saved the rain until the end - shedding a few sprinkle of tears onto Postville. A year later - using the past to fight for reform.

As hundreds file outside of St. Bridget's Catholic Church - following a 2 hour vigil - immigration is fresh on their minds.

"So many ways we felt compelled to come out," said Tom Walsh with the Jewish Council for Urban Affairs.

"To support the people who were effected by this raid and to call for immigration reform," said Nick Sanford with Loras College Peace and Justice.

These people taking steps towards progress - marching down the street to Argiprocessors.

"To respond to the terrible news coming out of Postville be it the terrible immigration raid that our government made happen, to the rising stories of worker injustices and worker mistreatment," said Walsh.

A peaceful walk - simple here to make a statement - these people disagree with current immigration laws - they want action.

"I hope the people in this area really unite and they call for immigration reform," said Sanford.

A year later - continuing to fight for what they say is wrong - and using the past to call for change.

"Every step here and maybe every day we have lived since May 12th of 2008 has been an opportunity for us to educate Americans about what immigrants are doing in this country," said Walsh.

Once the march reached Agriprocessors local clergy blessed the site, said a few prayers and peacefully marched back. Following the march a dinner at Turner Hall in Postville.

And while Postville is changed forever, Tuesday marked a moment in history - a new hope for so many.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires
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