Oakland, CA - Fund Raiser

St. Mary's Center in Oakland

Written by: Sister Elaine Betoncourt, CSJ

June 16, 2013

Sunday afternoon a crowd of about 100 people gathered to welcome us and to hear of the wonderful services the staff at St. Mary's Center renders to refugees, immigrants and the homeless.

Sister Simone and several nuns on the bus shared stories of their experiences during our 15-state tour of the past three weeks, recounting the difficulties immigrants face in our country because of our broken immigration system, and their persevering and courageous efforts to organize themselves to get their needs met. The audience raised several insightful questions, and once again we ended with our Raise Your Hands, Raise your Voice for Comprehensive Immigration Reform NOW.