Postville revisited

This past week, the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin hosted its eighth annual Faith-Labor Breakfast.  It’s a chance for labor union and religion leaders to gather and learn more about an issue affecting workplace issues, and how the community could respond.

A few months ago, someone on the board suggested we talk about Postville, Iowa, and the immigration raids that took place there last May 2008.  I had followed what had happened at the time, but was a bit naive in how it is still effectively destroying the community.  I called Father Paul Ouderkirk to see if he would be available to come to Madison, not really knowing how he was as a speaker.  Right away, I knew he was perfect.  He was completely fired up, saying that the destruction the community continues to face is real and cannot be forgotten.

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