These are overwhelmingly secular and non-Orthodox Jews.
Past that, the Minneapolis StarTrib covered yesterday's march and it reads like the other half of the New York Times story on the march, the half the Times 'forgot' to print.
Here are the key sections:
Twin Cities Jews have donated about $20,000 to people affected by the immigration raids…
…About 1,200 people marched on Postville streets chanting, "Si, se puede" -- "Yes, we can."…
…Postville residents dragged lawn chairs out into yards and sipped sodas or beers as they watched.
The march wound through quiet, tidy neighborhoods to the processing plant, where a sign declared, "Agriprocessors: A great place to work." The group stopped there.…
And this is the part the Times completely missed:
…On Sunday, [Rabbi Harold Kravitz of Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnetonka, Minnesota], [Vic] Rosenthal [of Jewish Community Action] and others met with two Agriprocessors leaders and asked for a fund to help displaced workers, demanded that the company pay workers vacation pay and back pay due before the raid, and asked them to accept the standards created by the group.
Rosenthal said the company said it was assisting workers with food and housing, but offered few specifics. "It was not satisfactory," he said. Agriprocessors agreed to continue discussions next week, he said.…
…Barely noticed at first, Getzel Rubashkin, grandson of the Agriprocessors founder, walked to the edge of the crowd, his austere black clothes a counterpoint to those of colorfully dressed Guatemalans.
"The people who come here talk about justice," he said. "No one disagrees with that. We are on the same side of the issue. We don't have a dog in this fight."
Stressing that he was speaking as an individual, not as a representative of the company, Rubashkin said he believes his father, the company's former CEO, did not know half the workers were illegal immigrants. "No one at this plant is against workers' rights or wants to mistreat anybody," he said.
But, the StarTrib missed something the NY Times missed as well – proof Agriprocessors provided fake IDs to illegal workers.
When that is put into the mix what we have is another example of Rubashkin lies, along with displaced Agriprocessors workers still shorted pay and vacation pay, and a town forced to cope with poverty and hunger.
And Agriprocessors and the Chabad hasidim who own it are the problem. Can they become part of the solution?
With the long history of Rubashkin fraud, lies, theft, graft and abuse – I doubt it.