McCauley, Mary--Interviews; Postville Immigration Raid, Postville, Iowa, 2008; Church and social problems;
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.
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Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project
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.
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McCauley, Mary, "Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project Recording with Mary McCauley" (2014). Postville Project Oral Histories: Community Voices. 7.