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Broadview vigil

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It was like… we stood before the monster, perhaps afraid or even unaware of what was before us but we stood there.

It was December 7, 2007@7am

As we returned to the Broadview detention center to participate in a prayer vigil, I, along with a group of people joined two nuns and others in this weekly prayer vigil. The vigil takes place in Broadview, IL (out-side of Chicago) every Friday at 7.15am. Now, for the last year, two nuns from the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, a lawyer and a group of volunteers have been praying in front of this detention center. They do this in solidarity and in support of the people being held there and for their families. The “center” is an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency) facility. ICE is the largest investigative branch of DHS (Department of Homeland Security). The people being held there are either being processed or are going to be deported. There is a lot to be said about Broadview but for now I’ll this; It’s a great thing what this group of people are doing here, this vigil. There are many ways to support and to be in solidarity with people but what I find both amazing and interesting is the fact that it is just a prayer vigil, nothing else. The combined work of some of the volunteers along with the two sisters (nuns) ranges from; community organizing, immigration reform policy writing, art activism, organizing protests and demonstrations, practicing immigration law, educating on social issues and so forth. We all come (I just joined recently) together to stand there and pray, just pray. Now, you don’t have to be religious or have spiritual inclinations to understand that as an act, it is very powerful and meaningful -especially for the people and their families. That is why we were there, why I was there. It was a little early in the morning for me but I was there, I was there to pray. I was there in solidarity, in protest of this broken and unjust system. No one is illegal.


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December 22, 2007 at 11:29 am