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Fear from Swift plant raid resonates in Greeley six years later

"I still have fear," he says. "When I remember, it makes me very nervous. I was treated like an animal."

Vicente-Vicente is one of 273 workers arrested that Tuesday in Greeley in the largest immigration raid in U.S. history and one of those continuing to deal with the fallout six years later.

Entire towns and thousands of residents both citizens and undocumented immigrants were affected when federal agents went to the headquarters of Swift & Co. on the north end of Greeley and five other company meatpacking plants in Texas, Utah, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. The raid swept up 1,297 undocumented workers.

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I watched this raid from the parking lot of the food bank located two blocks west of the plant. We stood there stunned, watching those huge white busses and the circling black helicopters; those choppers dipped down now and then and hovered directly over us, making sure that we knew that cameras were trained on us. It was a shocking, horrible thing to witness. Our location made us a focus of community response, people coming in wanting to arrange help for the families - clothing, toys for the kids, cash. We watched the worst of our community in action, then met the best of our community as they came to offer help.

It's been five years since I worked there, having left to deal with some health issues. But this Saturday, on the National Day of Service being coordinated by the Inaugural Committee, I'll be back at that food bank packing emergency food boxes.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Jan 15, 2013, 09:32 PM (1 replies)

This re-run is getting old...

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Jan 14, 2013, 04:04 PM (2 replies)


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Jan 13, 2013, 03:03 PM (3 replies)

How do I find out...

How do I find out the speed of my present internet service? I really want to upgrade from this hideous dialup, but can't afford the wifi stuff. Comcast is offering their Xfinity internet for $14.99/month, with download speeds of up to 3 Mbps. I'd like to compare with what I presently have (PeoplePC) before making a decision.

Also, does anyone already have this low-priced Xfinity? Does it allow for viewing videos? Is it a good thing?

Thanks in advance!

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:57 PM (13 replies)

etc., etc., etc. . . .

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:32 PM (0 replies)

Egg v. Adult

Here we go again as congressional Republicans are wanting to grant rights to eggs (because doing so pretty much negates the rights of the women carrying the eggs). And they are again advocating against women's reproductive rights while demanding defunding of Planned Parenthood. This doubling down on anti-women measures constitutes very real political violence -- no surprise, given that Republicans are the ones who voted down the Violence Against Women Act. Apparently they want to be able to trash women without impunity. What the hell?!

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Jan 9, 2013, 07:52 PM (3 replies)

Hot irony

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Jan 9, 2013, 02:49 PM (6 replies)


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:50 PM (14 replies)

"Gun Appreciation Day" -- really???

Good gawd. Well, we can probably be thankful that the putzes organizing this weren't around to stage "Iceberg Appreciation Day" in 1912, or "Torpedo Appreciation Day" in December of 1941. Let's just hope they don't have their little party in Newtown. Or Aurora. Or Tucson . . .

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:30 PM (2 replies)

Frustrating the puppeteer

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Jan 6, 2013, 08:36 PM (1 replies)
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