CLINTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of Clinton will join faith communities around the nation in calling for a national day of remembrance and awareness today — the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in Postville.

The Clinton observance will include a prayer service held at 7 p.m., at The Canticle, home of the Clinton Franciscans, 841 13th Ave. North. The service will be similar to the service held earlier in Postville. The public is welcome to join in the prayer.

Joan Theiss, OSF, will conduct the prayer service, and it will be held in solidarity with the 389 people detained in Postville’s raid and their families.

“Everyone in Postville has suffered as a result of the raid,” Theiss said, “not just the immigrant workers. We need to end the inhumane treatment of the workers from Postville and people like them throughout the United States who have suffered the same indignities.”

In addition to attending the prayer service, the Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking urges local residents to raise concerns for immigration rights by contacting local senators and representatives to petition for comprehensive immigration reform; ringing bells, sounding shofars in a collective call for justice at 10 a.m. today; and wear red ribbons today to commemorate the raid.

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