March 4, 2013
Dear friends and supporters,
Mil Gracias! We called on you-friends, allies, and our community, and YOU answered.
In February, due to our dire financial straits, we wrote to you, letting you know that unless we raised $7,000 by the end of February, we would have to lay off our staff and possibly close our doors.
We are happy to report that the response to our appeal far exceeded our dreams! We received over $25,000. These contributions have put us on firm financial footing for the short term, and we plan to use this gift of time to work on a longer-term solution to our financial needs.
Derechos Humanos does a lot in and for the community on a very small budget. Your affirmation of support for our work to defend migrant justice and the dignity of all our neighbors gives us the courage to continue to serve our community without compromise.
We pledge to continue to earn the support you, and many like you, showed us in our time of need. As a grassroots group that relies primarily on individual tax-deductible donations, we will need your help on a continuing basis.
Again, thank you for your solidarity. If you did not have the opportunity to make a donation in February, it is not too late. You can still send a check to: P.O. Box 1286, Tucson, Arizona or make an online donation at our website: www.derechoshumanosaz.net.
As always, we welcome you at our Thursday community meetings, where for more than twenty years we have met to discuss the work that is vital to promoting peace and social justice in our community.
On behalf of the Derechos Humanos family,
Isabel and Lupe
Coalición de Derechos Humanos
and Pan Left Productions
invite you to a:
ART AND AUTONOMIA:
Reflections on the Indigenous
Autonomy Movement in Chiapas
Friday, March 15, 2013
220 S. 5th Avenue,
This past December and January, Pan Left video producer Jason Aragón visited Chiapas, Mexico with muralist and print maker Santiago “Mazatl” Armengod from Just Seeds artist cooperative. This journey was in an effort to document and experience Santiago’s work and become introduced to communities in the fight for autonomy and justice.
It was at this critical time that new energy and attention was being focused toward indigenous groups in this area. Many inspiring events were happening while Aragón and Armengod were there. Most notable was the event of Zapatistas that took over cities in Chiapas on December 21, 2012 in a silent mobilization and made new headlines across the world.
Join us to see video and listen to the experiences from Jason that show how making art and self-determination in communities are intertwined in a place that is keeping true to the principles of Tierra y Libertad, Land and Freedom.
$5.00 suggested donation.
Please bring a dish to share
For more information: 520.770.1373
In Memory of
March and Vigil
Thursday, March 21, 2013
1415 20th Street
Cochise Avenue and U.S. Mexico border wall
On the second anniversary of the murder of Carlos Reynaldo Lamadrid Guerrero by U.S. Border Patrol, we march with his family and friends. We continue to demand justice and accountability.
Please wear white!
February 8, 2013
Dear Immigrant Justice Supporter,
Coalición de Derechos Humanos is nearly out of money.
We must raise $7,000 by the end of February. Unless you, and others like you in the community, can give generously within the next two weeks, Derechos Humanos will have to face a massive layoff of staff and close its doors.
Can you please give a tax-deductible donation today to help this organization, which is so vital to our community, weather this financial crisis?
If Derechos Humanos is forced to close its doors, it will leave a huge hole in our community.
- Who will be there for worried families of migrants missing while crossing the desert or those who were taken by ICE?
- Who will help workers that have been cheated out of their rightful pay or families who are suffering under unscrupulous slum lords?
- Who will help eligible residents achieve U.S. citizenship?
- Who will stand up for the rights of all migrants, everywhere, without exception?
The sad answer is that no one will. Although there are a number of fine immigrant advocacy and service groups in Tucson, everyone is already stretched to the limit. None of them are able to take on the tasks that Derechos Humanos has fulfilled so capably for so many years.
Your help is needed right now, today. This is an emergency that can’t wait.
At a time when Comprehensive Immigration Reform is on the public agenda, it is imperative that we have a strong, healthy Coalición de Derechos Humanos. Arizona, Washington, DC, and the nation needs to hear NOW that immigration reform starts from a human rights perspective. They must hear NOW about human migration, and how NAFTA trade policy and drug violence, fueled by US demand, drive immigration. No one else so strongly challenges the militarization of our border and the policies that have killed hundreds of men, women and children in our scorching desert.
Derechos Humanos has historically been there for you, our community, since 1993. Now, Derechos Humanos needs You. Please make a tax-deductible donation today. Please dig a little deeper than you ordinarily would. You can donate online by credit card by going to http://www.derechoshumanosaz.net/join-the-struggle-to-defend-and-promote-human-rights-on-the-border/ and clicking on the “Donate Here” button. We also offer the convenience of recurring monthly donations.
Thank you in advance for helping Derechos Humanos keep our doors open. Our community will be stronger thanks to your generosity.