|Sent on:||Thursday, August 23, 2007 4:22 PM|
From: Libby Manly [mailto:[address removed]]
Sent: Thursday, August 23,[masked]:43 PM
To: Libby Manly; Fahiym Hanna
Subject: Financial Assistance Needed for Smithfield Families
Dear Clergy and Community Leaders,
Yesterday, 28 current and former Smithfield workers were detained by
federal immigration authorities during a raid. ICE officials arrived in
the dead of night at local mobile home parks, targeting areas heavily
populated by poor immigrant workers and their families, and arresting
people in their homes. Eyewitnesses report that ICE agents forced women
to leave their children. Other individuals were pulled off the line at
Smithfield Packing and arrested without being able to communicate with
family members. Many of the workers detained had worked at the plant for
This latest action by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents has
left the region in crisis and fear. Husbands and wives are trying to
determine where their spouse is being held and what will happen next.
Children are left without their parents. Sole breadwinners are removed
Several months ago, local clergy and Interfaith Worker Justice
established the "Smithfield Worker Justice Fund" to help Smithfield
workers and their families during times of crisis, wrongful termination,
or disability. We are trying to raise $15,000 for this fund in the next
few weeks to help Smithfield families that are in need. We are asking
churches and individuals to write a check to support the fund. All
proceeds will go directly to Smithfield families in need.
To help, please send a check for any amount to:
Interfaith Worker Justice - Smithfield Worker Justice Fund
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., 4th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60660
Contribute online through a secure server at
Please help us spread the word far and wide about this fund-raising
effort. Help us raise $15,000 for Smithfield workers in the next 2
Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and support of Smithfield families.