Produced by the Labor Education Service at the University of Minnesota
In Spanish with English subtitles
Posted on YouTube at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUySyRi2pYs
The Labor Education Service has produced a six-minute video, "Voices of Worthington, " featuring the comments many in the Worthington community affected by the Dec. 12 immigration raid. It can be viewed on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEd0KDSearA&mode=related&search=
Other video clips:
Clip 1 4mb Windows media file (1:43)
Clip 2 3mb Windows media file (1:16)
Clip 3 (en español) 2mb Windows media file (:43)
Wednesday's clip (2mb)
Special thanks to Patrick Leet of Witness for Peace for providing translation and helping to arrange interviews.
Video from new-Minnesotans in Worthington and the Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network:
Photos by Diego Perez Velez/Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network:
www.swiftraid.org documents the effect of the raids around the country and advocates for a more human immigration policy.
Rights advocate Mary Turck is maintaining a webpage of bulletins, news articles and other resources.
www.ufcw.org and www.ufcw.tv
Articles and video on the national website of the United Food and Commercial Workers union.
Resources on labor and immigration posted on the Labor Education Service website.
Twin Cities event commemorates anniversary of Worthington raid
Dec. 11, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS - An event to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the raid in Worthington – and to build support for immigrant rights – will be held Thursday, Dec. 13, in Minneapolis.
UFCW, workers sue to stop mass immigration raids
Sept. 12, 2007
By Mark Gruenberg
WASHINGTON - Last Dec. 12, at what was then the Swift & Co. meatpacking plant in Marshalltown, Iowa, Mike Graves, a 21-year veteran of the plant whose parents still live in Mississippi, was arrested -- just for doing his job.
UFCW leads national meeting to challenge immigration raids
Aug. 16, 2007
Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Thursday joined with community groups, civil rights leaders and immigrant rights activists to condemn abuse and misconduct by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
Worthington union local to be honored
March 29, 2007
ST. PAUL - UFCW Local 1161, which fought for the rights of workers in the aftermath of immigration raids, will be among those honored at the annual social justice dinner of the National Lawyers Guild, Minnesota chapter.
Viva la union
An article in the March 2007 issue of the Utne Reader examines how immigrants are transforming and revitalizing the labor movement. The article, by Hannah Lobel, is titled: "Viva la union: How immigrants are renewing the fight for workers' rights." Lobel reports on the response by UFCW Local 1161 in
Worthington, Minn. , when its members were the victims of a federal immigration raid in January. She also interviews several national experts on the history of immigration and the ways that immigrants are transforming the labor movement.
Two months after Worthington raid, families still struggling to cope
By Mary Turck
MINNEAPOLIS - Two months after the immigration raid in Worthington, families remain split and the nation's immigration "system" is still broken.
Family event breaks post-raid tension
Jan. 8, 2007
WORTHINGTON - Families split by the immigration raid last month at the Swift meatpacking plant enjoyed a respite from their difficulties Sunday at a community gathering.
Catholic bishops condemn immigration raids
Dec. 27, 2006
ST. PAUL - Seven Catholic bishops in Minnesota, including Archbishop Harry Flynn of the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, have issued a statement condemning the raid by federal immigration authorities in Worthington.
UFCW sets up fund for Worthington workers
Dec. 20, 2006
WORTHINGTON - United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1161 has set up a fund to aid the workers and families affected by the Dec. 12 raid at the Swift Co. meatpacking plant.
Labor, faith leaders press Coleman to act
Dec. 18, 2006
ST. PAUL - A group of union and faith leaders pressed U.S. Senator Norm Coleman to stop immigration raids, release people who have been detained and support comprehensive federal reform.
Fear remains in wake of Worthington raid
Dec. 17, 2006
WORTHINGTON - Family members continue to seek information on their loved ones, while the community copes with the sudden loss of hundreds of residents following the Dec. 12 raid by immigration officers at the Swift Co. meatpacking plant.
In crisis, union office becomes community center
Dec. 17, 2006
WORTHINGTON - It's not normal for cartons of canned vegetables and packages of disposable diapers to be piled high near Mike Potter's desk. But these are not normal days for the president of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1161.
One woman's story
Dec. 17, 2006
WORTHINGTON - When she heard the phone message, Barb Kremer didn't think twice about what to do.
Worthington, MN: Dec. 12, 2006 - from La Prensa
Dec. 16, 2006
It was 6 a.m. and Blanca was on her way to her work. She just left her four-month-old daughter at Alma’s house, the wife of a work mate at Swift Meat Packing Plant in Worthington, Minnesota. Alma’s husband was on his way too and Alma was waving good bye, after he promised to take her to church to celebrate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe day. Little they knew of what they were just about to live.
Analysis: Justice deported
Dec. 14, 2006
Journalist David Bacon analyzes the motivations behind the raid and dissects the failures of the current U.S. immigration system.
Union, community leaders condemn raids
Dec. 13, 2006
WORTHINGTON - Immigrant workers are staying home and some are seeking shelter at churches following Tuesday's surprise raid by federal authorities at the Swift Co. meatpacking plant, union and community leaders report. Meanwhile, several Twin Cities organizations are mobilizing to offer support.
Meatpacking plants raided, rights advocates urge phone calls
Dec. 12, 2006
WORTHINGTON - Immigration authorities have detained an undisclosed number of workers at Swift meatpacking plants in Worthington, Minn., and five other states, prompting the United Food & Commercial Workers to seek a federal injunction to stop the raids. Immigrant rights advocates have launched a call-in campaign to Congress.