Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A Celebration of Faithfull Witness for Justice

As the gut wrenching stories emerge from deportations around the country during the past year as "give us your tired, your poor" has turned into "go home you are unwelcome here", there is finally some good news.

25 years ago people mortgaged their homes to help defray legal costs and expenses to help fight deportation and provide sanctuary for one Salvadoran refugee. A few years ago it looked like his case was going to be reconsidered and he was going to have to fight another battle as the Bush administration is on the illegal immigrant witch hunt. But finally the INS has agreed to stop persuing his deportation. There is going to be a celebration party among those still alive to celebrate...

St. Luke Presbyterian Church is hosting a celebration for Rene Hurtado at the end of his long journey and faithful witness for justice. In 1982, St. Luke welcomed Rene, an undocumented El Salvadoran refugee, into Sanctuary, with the support of the Refugee Sanctuary Coalition of the Twin Cities. After 25 years, immigration authorities have finally agreed to end their efforts to deport him. The celebration gathering is Saturday, May 5, 2007, at St. Luke Church, 3121 Groveland School Road, Wayzata, MN. there will be a dinner, a program, a dance. Many congregations and individuals in the Presbytery gave their support to the Sanctuary Movement and to Rene. You are invited to attend. RSVP to St. Luke at 952-473-7378 or by e-mail:

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