‘abUSed, The Postville Raid’

Theater two of the Oelwein Grand Theater was filled to capacity Sunday evening for a free viewing of “abUSed: The Postville Raid”. The Grand’s board of directors, staff and manager, Mary Frisch, donated the site and their services so the Social Justice Committee of Sacred Heart Church could offer the film about the human and social costs of the 2008 immigration raid on the Agri-Processors kosher meat processing plant.

Grand Theater hosts special showing of film on town’s immigration plight

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 11:04 AM CST

Oelwein area residents packed the Grand Theater Sunday evening to view a 96-minute documentary, “abUSed: The Postville Raid”, on the May, 2008, immigration raid on Postville’s Agri-Processors kosher meat processing plant. The raid resulted in the detaining of 389 of the firm’s 900 employees on charges related to identity fraud.

Sacred Heart parish Deacon Jim Patera told the crowd that parish Social Justice Committee arranged the screening of the film that was directed by Luis Argueta. Patera thanked the theater’s board of directors, manager and staff for for donating their time and the viewing site for no charge. After the film, Sister Mary McCauley, the now retired pastoral minister at St. Bridget’s parish in Postville at the time of the raid, made further observations.

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