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Prayer vigil and walk planned to commemorate Postville raid

POSTVILLE (KWWL) -- Some eastern Iowa leaders are calling 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.

Local organizers who want to stand in solidarity with the 389 people who were detained and their families have declared a nationwide day of remembrance to promote awareness of the 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

Local organizers are looking 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, local organizers want people to: 

  1. 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.
  2. Text of the prayer vigil and remembrance will be available for adaptation for local use after April 15 at
  3. Individuals and towns are encouraged to don red ribbons as in Postville on the day of the raid.

Prayer Vigil text available after April 15 at

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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