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Tucson Headquarters of the US Border Patrol Occupied

May 24, 2010

Tucson Headquarters of the US Border Patrol Occupied to Draw Attention to Impacts of Border Militarization in Indigenous Communities.

From O’odham Solidarity Across Borders

At approximately 1:00PM Friday, May 21, 2010 more than a dozen people occupied the Tucson Headquarters of the US Border Patrol to draw attention to impacts of border militarization in Indigenous Communities. Six people, including Alex Soto a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and a volunteer with the group O’odham Solidarity Across Borders, locked themselves together for up to 3 and 1/2 hours. “Indigenous voices have been ignored. In our action today we say NO MORE!” Said Soto.

Banners were hung, including one placed over the reception window that read, “Stop Militarization of Indigenous Lands Now”, traditional songs were sung and the group chanted, “Border militarization destroys Indigenous communities!” and “No raids, no deportations! No SB1070, no racist laws!” Approximately 30 Border Patrol agents flooded the lobby of the headquarters and scrambled to react. Roads to the headquarters and adjacent air force base were shut down. Tucson City Police were eventually called and began preparing an extraction of the peaceful resisters. WANT TO READ MORE? CLICK HERE

The demands of the Occupation

The protestors are demanding:
-An end to border militarization
-The immediate repeal of SB1070 and 287g

-An end to all racial profiling and the criminalization of our communities

-No ethnic cleansing or cultural genocide
-No border patrol encroachment/sweeps on sovereign native land
-No
Deportations
-No Raids
-No ID-verification
-No Checkpoints

-Yes to immediate and unconditional regularization (“legalization”) of all people
-Yes to human rights
-Yes to dignity
-Yes to respect
Yes to respecting Indigenous Peoples inherent right of migration

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