13th Annual Día de los Muertos Pilgrimage
Tucson-In response to the 182 migrants who lost their lives on the Arizona-Sonora border this past fiscal year, Coalición de Derechos Humanos will convene its Thirteenth Annual Pilgrimage to bring attention to the human rights crisis that is occurring in the southwest.
On Saturday, November 2, 2013, participants will gather at St. John’s Church (602 W. Ajo Way) at 8:30 in the morning. Following a short sending forth ceremony, the 8-mile walk will begin; participants will carry crosses bearing the names of the migrants who have died this past fiscal year. The Pilgrimage will arrive at San Xavier Mission at approximately 1:00pm, met by the Franciscan Friars and the W:ak Traditional Singers, and end with a blessing of all participants and crosses as the names of the dead are read and their crosses placed next to the crosses of the last thirteen years.
Since border policies were implemented in the 1990s, it is estimated that the remains of more than 6,000 men, women and children have been recovered on the U.S.-México border. This does not include the countless souls whose bodies have yet to be found, those who will never be found and whose families continue to suffer the agony of not knowing what has become of their loved ones. “These deaths are a direct result of U.S. border policies, which have routed thousands of immigrants to their deaths in the rivers, deserts, and at the hands of border and law enforcement officials.”
Coalición de Derechos Humanos invites all people of conscience to join us in our Pilgrimage and to walk this symbolic distance with us as we remember our sisters and brothers who have lost their lives needlessly. We ask that this crisis along our borders be brought to an end, humane border policies be implemented, and that justice be sought for all who live and work on the border.
TUCSON POLICE AND BORDER PATROL COLLABORATE IN BRUTAL ASSAULT ON SOUTH TUCSON COMMUNITY!
Tucson – The Derechos Humanos community and other organizations condemn the behavior and actions of the Tucson Police Department and the U.S. Border Patrol.
On Tuesday evening, October 8, 2013, members of the Tucson Police Department and Border Patrol brutally attacked a non-violent group of community members peacefully standing up for workers and families. Officers violently assaulted the group, using pepper spray and rubber bullets on the crowd that came to support three individuals who were illegally interrogated and arrested by Tucson Police and the U.S. Border Patrol.
The incident occurred when Tucson Police used the cover of a faulty license plate light to racially profile men of color at a traffic stop near 10th Ave and 22nd St. People in the nearby neighborhood and community members from Southside Workers Center and Southside Presbyterian Church went to advocate for these men and bear witness to this abuse. After officers on the scene called Border Patrol and detained the men at their vehicle, people from the crowd of bystanders circled the Border Patrol vehicle by holding hands in an act of courage to protect these men from being potentially deported.
When the community of support took brave action to stand together and prevent Border Patrol from leaving with the driver and his passenger, more BP agents arrived and proceeded to attack the group. An estimated 40 agents and police removed people from the area through excessive brute force. Several people were injured, including elderly women and children, with one woman receiving multiple slashes from being shoved into a Palo Verde tree. Additionally, one of the women that was not part of the protest was subject to racist questioning regarding her identification and subsequently detained and taken. The remaining community members tried to rush to her aid, but as the vehicle left more border patrol followed behind the crowd. Once again, people in the streets stood together in protest of this violent action by TPD and Border Patrol, refusing to move out of the way of the remaining vehicles.
When they realized that the community refused to stand down, more agents and TPD officers descended on the crowd and assaulted more unarmed, peaceful protesters with pepper spray, rubber bullets, and attack dogs. In the aftermath several beloved community members were injured, three people taken to ICE and one person taken into police custody for erroneous charges of assaulting a federal officer (her charges were dropped the next morning and she was released).
Derechos Humanos condemns this vicious attack on our community. We have suffered the massive separation of families for years. We have demanded that the militarization of our city and the border end. The years of continued police and ICE collaboration exacerbated by hateful laws such as SB1070 has turned this region into a battle ground, brutalizing us and even killing us whether through shootings by Border Patrol or migrants dying in our deserts. This latest incident has shown the Tucson Police and Border Patrol have no interest in caring for this community, no interest in being humane. Derechos Humanos demands we take action and stop this collaboration, stop the deportations, stop the militarization, stop the deaths, and stop police brutality in Tucson.
UPDATE- The three detained by ICE Rosa, Augustin, and Arturo were let out of detention on Thursday. Thanks to all who supported Southside Workers through signing petitions, letter writing, and phone calls. Our community will not be silent. There will be a press conference at Southside Presbyterian Church Friday at 1pm on 23rd St. near 10th Avenue. Derechos Humanos will continue to support them and all others in this struggle for justice!
Links to local news and video footage here
Sat 9/7 at 12:00 noon
NW Corner of Speedway and Swan
Part of the unified national actions against a war on Syria.
We need funds for job programs, healthcare and education, NOT billions wasted on war and destruction.
This action is jointly called by Derechos Humanos, The Alliance for Global Justice and The International Action Center of Tucson.
Advocates from across the country talk about the good, bad and ugly of the immigration bill that is making its way through congress. Guests include Kyle de Beausset (presente.org), Isabel Garcia (Coalicion De Derechos Humanos), Kathy Bird (Florida Immigrant Coalition) & Gaby Pacheco (Bridge Project)
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