That was the message from speakers marking the one-year anniversary of the federal immigration raid in New Haven on June 6, 2007.
That June 6, 2007, raid and smaller ones in the next few days swept up 34 people. Thirty of them belonged to St. Rose of Lima Church, on Blatchley Avenue, which is where the anniversary commemoration took place Friday night.
St. Rose was — before the raid, during the height of the panic a year ago — and still is the nerve and heart center of the immigrant rights movement in New Haven.
A woman welcomed the crowd of about 150 “parishioners, friends and allies of St. Rose of Lima. We are gathered here,” she said, “to celebrate our unity and commemorate our strength, discovered within this community after raids that took place exactly one year ago, when adversity knocked on our doors.”