December 8, 2000
The Seventh Annual La Posada Sin Fronteras, the posada without borders, will take place from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at Border Field State Park. The posada, which depicts Joseph and Mary's search for shelter in Bethlehem, is co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Council of San Diego County, the Catholic Diocese of San Diego, American Friends Service Committee, the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights and several other faith-related service and advocacy organizations on both sides of the border.
"The posada commemorates the rejection that Joseph and Mary experienced in their search for a place to give birth to Jesus. We commemorate those immigrants today who are searching for a place of hope and safety for themselves and their families," Brother Ed Dunn, community organizer for the Interfaith Coalition, said.
Luminarias, paper bags filled with sand and a candle, will be labeled with the names of the 600 immigrants who have died crossing the border since Operation Gatekeeper went into effect in October of 1994. Participants from both sides of the border will exchange gifts of candy through the border fence and pray together for a more humane immigration policy, Noreen Sullivan, event coordinator said. "We are encouraging congregations to form caravans down to the border that afternoon."