The outrageous raids at
Swift plants around the country on Tuesday are an affront to all
of us. You have no doubt followed the stories flowing in from
Worthington and the other five cities of communities terrorized,
families divided and children who still donít know the
whereabouts of their parents. ICE officers were given carte
blanche to terrorize over 13,000 people based solely on the
color of their skin. Once again, the poor and disenfranchised
have been punished for trying to improve their lives. A couple
of weeks before Christmas on the festival day of Our Lady of
Guadalupe, the current administration has committed another
In the Twin Cities, labor,
community and religious leaders have been working to respond to
the concrete needs of all those suffering from these actions.
President Mike Potter and UFCW Local 1161 have been working
around the clock to respond to the situation in Worthington and
continuing efforts will be made to support them. However, we
must also raise our voices together and cry out for justice.
Please join us for a vigil
and rally at Senator Colemanís office at 2550 University Ave. in
St. Paul on Monday, December 18 at 4:00. This is an opportunity
to show solidarity with the Worthington workers and community
and call on Senator Coleman to end the raids, reunify families,
free the detainees and support comprehensive immigration reform.
For more information, please
call Doug Mork at 612-310-5752. See you there!