Tonight at 5.30 p.m. Mary, riding a donkey, and Joseph will set off in search of shelter from Crossroads Urban Center. Join them for a candlelit, brisk walk to the Cathedral of the Madeleine to raise awareness of homelessness and immigrant issues.---
Dressed in biblical-style garb, the couple will proceed to First United Methodist Church and St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral before ending their journey in search of a roof over their heads at the Madeleine. The procession is based on a Latin American tradition called "las posadas," and is dedicated to raising the question of who in Utah these days is told "there is no room at the inn."
Along with speeches relating to the marginalization of the homeless and immigrants, according to Crossroads Urban Center's Bill Tibbitts, folks will be handing out information on why not to use the word "illegal" when it comes to talking about human beings.
"It's inaccurate," Tibbitts says. Illegal "has no relation to what's happening in an actual immigration proceeding." When so many people break the law, he argues, and are not labeled as "illegal", how is it that one ethnic group so often finds themselves under the yolk of that word? "Unauthorized or undocumented" are both more accurate, he continues.
The procession kicks off outside Crossroads Urban Center, 347 S. 400 East. Dress warmly.