Category Archives: Immigrant Struggles
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In the spirit of the Black Panthers and the Brown Berets, a new revolutionary group for the people has been born, the Brown Riders Liberation Party. In full alliance with the Black Riders Liberation Party, we have come together to unify our Brown and Black brothers and sisters during this urgent time in which the fascist state is attacking from every corner. With the resurgence of White Nationalism and White Supremacist groups, coupled with the support of the state’s anti-migrant, antibrown stance, and unparalleled police brutality, we must come together to defeat this monster.
For centuries past and present, our people, both Brown and Black, have been viciously oppressed. They have been murdered, raped, enslaved, forcibly assimilated, lynched, and robbed of their most sacred. For centuries past and present, our people have fought and defended our own when the enemies have come to our gates. Today, more than ever before, it is essential that we fight the circumstances under which we lie. Like our revolutionary brothers and sisters before us Read the rest of this entry
From Censored News.
Border Patrol Headquarters Occupation Protesters Stand Trial to Fight Charges
Two Arrested During March to End Border Militarization and Racist Laws Press statement
TUCSON – On February 23, more than 40 protesters took to the streets – two were arrested – while six people who locked-down and occupied the US Border Patrol Tucson Headquarters on May 21, 2010 stood trial fighting charges of “criminal trespassing” and “disorderly conduct.”
Lawyers William G. Walker and Jeffrey J. Rogers represented the six as the city prosecutor called Border Patrol agents and Tucson Police to testify. The defense argued the trespassing charge was not properly filed and were granted a request to file a memorandum addressing the technicality. The trial is expected to continue on March 22, 2011. Corresponding rallies and actions are being planned.
At 1:30 pm people gathered in downtown Tucson at Library Park for a rally and then took the streets with banners reading, “Indigenous Resistance, Protect Sacred Places”, “Free Movement for People Not Commerce, Tear Down the Wall” and chanting “No Borders, No Border Patrol.”
Two people were arrested for allegedly hanging a banner that read “Las Paredes Vueltas de su Lado son Puentes (Torn Down Walls Become Bridges)” on a street traffic light. They were arraigned and released at 8 pm at Pima County Corrections.
Additional banners were hung at various locations throughout Tucson stating “Egypt, Wisconsin, O’odham Solidarity,” “No raids, No deportations, No colonialism” and “Stop Militarization on Indigenous Lands.”
O’odham Elders attended the court proceedings to demonstrate their support. Read the rest of this entry
Tucson – The Coalición de Derechos Humanos, southern Arizona organizations and national allies extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Brisenia Flores, and hope that today’s verdict will help in the healing process. Many have been quietly and anxiously monitoring the trial of Shawna Forde, head of the Minutemen American Defense. Forde was the mastermind behind the planned home invasion, robbery and murder of the Flores family in order to fund their racist activities; Raul and Brisenia Flores, his nine year-old daughter, were shot and killed. Today, Forde was found responsible for her actions-she was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and other related charges. Her accomplices are scheduled for March and June trials.
Even though the evidence was very solid, because of the lack of accountability for other murders of Mexicans or Mexican-Americans, many in the community feared that justice would again be denied. We know that this case is not isolated, and that it reflects the deeper issues based on the anti-immigrant hatred organized by extremist groups. Since 1996, we have called on the local and federal governments to monitor and investigate vigilantes that have openly called for and acted in violence; we have been met with denials, silence, and cover-ups. Other governmental entities have characterized many of these actions as “free speech,” thus allowing for the continued growth of these violent and dangerous elements in our communities.
We call on the media to be socially responsible by reporting the linkages between Forde’s and other hate groups’ extremism and the consequences we are living, such as the brutal murder of Brisenia. We call on the media to halt the mainstreaming of the most noxious and dangerous strands of hatred in the United States. We must condemn all media outlets that have helped disseminate hatred. Only then can we find justice for Brisenia and all victims of racial hatred.
Coalición de Derechos HumanosP.O. Box 1286 Tucson, AZ 85702