October 2022 Vigil

Please join ICOM and our hosts Edina Community Lutheran Church at our Vigil at the Whipple Federal Building at 7:30 am on Tuesday October 11, 2022.
Theme: Walking with asylum-seekers
Speakers: Karen Newcomer and Mark Joffe from ACT-TC and Beth Nelson Chase from LIRS
Poem by Brian Bilston. Meant to be read aloud, first from top to bottom and then reversed.They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way
(now read from bottom to top)
This excerpt of “Refugees” by Brian Bilston
Edina Community Lutheran Church, 4113 West 54th Street, Edina, MN 55424. info@eclc.org phone 952-926-3808

The vigil will be held in-person at the Whipple Federal Building located at 2 Federal Dr, St Paul, MN 55111 or can be attended online with the zoom link.