Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Postville--When good things emerge from disaster

Longtime readers of this blog will remember that I started writing here just prior to the major ICE raid on a meat processing plant in tiny Postville IA. It was a multiple layer disaster: wave after wave of bad news emerged from that "action hero movie"-style event (complete with Blackhawk helicopters and cop car caravans).

In a story entitled "Postville detainees embrace role as rights advocates" the Cedar Rapids Gazette newspaper reported on how the immigrants themselves were changed by the experience.

They have become human rights advocates and activists!

The YouTube video at the top of this post illustrates the article. Pastoral minister at St. Bridget's explains how God works through disaster when people step up to the plate.

Globalize hope in 2010!


Mnmom said...

Good for them! What a total human failure that raid was.

Brother Tim said...

The goodness of the human spirit prevails, even as we move to subjegation.

Brother Tim said...

Oh, and Happy New Year, Billie!

okjimm said...

Have a good new year, Billie...& fun, too!!

Dave Dubya said...

I agree with Brother Tim, we still need to keep shining the light.

WE are the hope and change we are looking for. Nobody is going to do it without us.

Every little thing we do can make a difference, even if we don't see it. It is never easy being positive and optimistic in these dark times, but our collective conscience and consciousness cannot make it any worse.

I feel better knowing there are good people in the world.

Peace, and Happy New Year.

TomCat said...

Happy New Year to Billie and all here.

The struggle continues.