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May 12 - Immigrant Rights Vigil

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Taking Action in the Fox Valley

Date: Tuesday, May 12th
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Location: First United Methodist Church, Appleton  (325 East Franklin Street)

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.  Postville is a small American town with a population of just over 2,000 people, about 20 miles from the Wisconsin border.

While this story is one of great tragedy, it is also a triumph of justice as it brought faith communities together to respond to the need of addressing comprehensive immigration reform and calling an end to immigration raids.

Vigil is open to the public, join us!

The story of one of the largest immigration raids in US history at a kosher meatpacking plant will be revisited with a prayer vigil of solidarity on this first anniversary of the event through hundreds of events across the nation.

Program to include a trailer of a yet-to-be-released documentary “abUSed", produced in Postville and Guatemala by filmmaker Luis Argueta, testimonials and supportive documents that call for an end to the raids and true comprehensive immigration reform.
We will use this time to remember the events and take action towards the powerful potential we have for change as faith communities to build a community that includes all of the residents in the Fox Valley, the state and our nation.  We do not need people hiding in the shadows!

Click here for the Vigil Flyer.

Event is sponsored by the ESTHER Immigration Task Force.

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