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Rally and Action Against Militarization

February 22, 2011

In response to the defendants’ call to assemble inside the courtroom and organize affinity actions, other allies will gather at the Joel D. Valdez Pima County Public Library (101 North Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ) at 1:30 PM for a solidarity rally before moving to the city court. Please bring appropriate banners (see demands below), instruments and other noise-makers and walking shoes.

Rally and Action Against Militarization and Criminalization

On May 21, 2010, six protesters entered the US Border Patrol headquarters in Tucson, AZ to demand an end to border militarization, the criminalization of immigrant communities and the raids and deportations that terrorize and divide families. Five of the six individuals fighting “criminal trespassing” charges as a result of this action will be going to trial on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 2:00 PM at the Tucson City Court (103 East Alameda Street).

In response to the defendants’ call to assemble inside the courtroom and organize affinity actions, other allies will gather at the Joel D. Valdez Pima County Public Library (101 North Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ) at 1:30 PM for a solidarity rally before moving to the city court. Please bring appropriate banners (see demands below), instruments and other noise-makers and walking shoes.

As O’odham Solidarity Across Borders and O’odham elders have stated: “Troops and paramilitary law enforcement, detention camps, check points, and citizenship verification are not a solution to ‘issues’ of migration.” In response to the harm caused by the false solutions of border militarization, the protesters who locked down at the Border Patrol headquarters released the following list of demands.

– Immediately withdraw National Guard Troops from the US/Mexico border
– Immediately halt development of the border wall
– Immediately remove drones and checkpoints
– Decommission all detention camps and release all presently held
undocumented migrants
– Immediately honor Indigenous Peoples rights of self-determination
– Fully comply with the recently signed UN Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples
– Respect Indigenous People’s inherent right of migration
– End NAFTA, FTAA and other trade agreements
– Immediately repeal SB1070 and 287g
– End all racial profiling
– No BP encroachment/sweeps on sovereign Native land
– No raids and deportations
– Immediate and unconditional regularization (“legalization”) of all people
– Uphold human freedom and rights
– Support dignity and respect
– Support and ensure freedom of movement for all people

As people living on occupied Tohono O’odham land, we feel the effects of border militarization daily, even 70 miles north of the recognized international boundary. While further south border militarization takes the form of border walls, electronic surveillance and suspicionless Border Patrol checkpoints, here in Tucson militarization takes the form of ICE raids, police collaboration with immigration authorities, and white supremacist legislation like SB 1070 and HR 2281. In the face of this violence, we call for February 23rd to be a day of action in solidarity with those arrested in May and of further resistance to borders and their militarization.

More information:
survivalsolidarity.wordpress.com
oodhamsolidarity.blogspot.com

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