Community Voices - Postville Oral History Project

Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project Recording with Mary McCauley

Interviewee

Mary McCauley

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Interview Conducted by RaeAnn Swanson-Evans

Interview Transcribed by RaeAnn Swanson-Evans

Keywords

McCauley, Mary--Interviews; Postville Immigration Raid, Postville, Iowa, 2008; Church and social problems;

Genre

Oral History

Interview Description

Mary McCauley has served as a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary since 1956 and became the pastoral administer at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Postville in 2003. In the interview, Mary recalls her experiences around the time of the May 12th, 2008 ICE raid and the interfaith response to the devastation experienced by the community. St. Bridget’s became a place of refuge for some time after the raid and provided support and resources to the Postville community. In the aftermath of the raid, St. Bridget’s hosted Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú, which Mary remembers as a humbling and inspiring event. Mary also discusses her experience at the marches and protests after the raid as well as the complications while talking to the press.

Interview Number

10

Interview Date

11-2014

File Format

audio/mp3

Disciplines

Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | United States History

Project Title

Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project

Project Description

The Community Voices: Postville Oral History Project sought to capture the remembered past of those who experienced the “Postville story,” that is, the social context leading up to, including, and following the ICE immigration raid that occurred on May 12th, 2008. The Interviews available here showcase the unique memories of 16 interviewees living and working in or near Postville. The interviews will leave listeners with a sense of how a small town in rural Iowa has dealt with and continues to deal with vast demographic change and the aftermath of an ICE raid that threw Postville into the national conversation on immigration reform.

Publisher

Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Copyright

©2014 The Postville Project

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project Recording with Mary McCauley

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