Monday, May 01, 2006
"A Day Without a Pole": St. Stan's CWL Refuses To Go Inside Senior Center Today
Anne Sokolowski, a member of St. Stanislaus parish in New Warsaw, Michigan, is planning her own version of today's "A Day Without An Immigrant" protest, intended to draw attention to the plight of illegal Mexican and Central American workers in the United States.
"I was talking to the Catholic Women's League at the parish Sunday," said the spry 90 year old, "and we were saying we were immigrants too. Our beloved John Paul II and the homeland embraced the virtue of solidarity with those striving for human dignity. So that's what we're going to do. We're going to join them en la lucha."
A friend in the CWL, Florentyna Wadewitz (88), admitted this idea was a little confusing to her. "I think Anne is right, but what are we supposed to do? Latino immigrants are staying home from work today. We're all retired at this parish. There are no protests in town, some of us are in walkers and wheelchairs, and half of us are on oxygen anyway. So we had to think hard about how to show solidarity with this movement."
In the end, the group (pictured above right) plans to disrupt their daily Monday activity--knitting prayer shawls at the senior center--and plans to sit outside the senior center downtown with placards, in what they call a "Combination Knit-in-Sit-in." The placards, made Sunday afternoon, state "Solidarity: Guest Worker Program Now," "A Day Without an another Immigrant," "We (heart) Poland, Mexico and the USA", "'We Belong to Each Other'--Mother Teresa," "Pierogies and Empanadas: same food, same human beings", and "We may be old but we're spunky and right."
Mrs. Wadewitz is looking forward to the event. "We haven't been so energized in I don't know how long. And maybe I can get some suggestions from the hecklers on embellishing my prayer shawl. I'm hoping to make it look more like a poncho, but I've only got 12 hours."