|Oct. 8--Tucson Police meet non-violent protesters|
You couldn't write a more dramatic movie script: Sept. 30- Thirty young undocumented immigrants, who grew up in the U.S. but returned to Mexico, known as Dreamers, literally throwing themselves into the frying pan by crossing the border into the U.S. and right into detention to argue their right to live in the U.S. Oct. 8-Activists in Tucson, AZ surround Border Patrol and police vehicles to halt the deportation of several friends who are undocumented---they get pepper sprayed and roughed up, but they get their friends freed on bond! Oct. 11- a group of activists chain themselves to buses hauling chained immigrants to the kangaroo court known as Operation Streamline in Tucson and others lock down in front of the court---over 20 are arrested but court proceedings are cancelled for the day! The record pace of deportation in the U.S. is no longer business as usual.
Here's an article covering the events:
ACTIVISTS SHUT DOWN OPERATION STREAMLINE FOR A DAY
Here's a new one for the HOBO DISPATCH media department--filming livestream on a computer and then editing a video from that. The quality isn't so great, but we didn't even leave the couch to cover this great action.
A YEAR WITHOUT JUSTICE FOR THE FAMILY OF JOSE ANTONIO ELENA RODRIGUEZ, KILLED BY BORDER PATROL AS HE WALKED DOWN THE STREET
We did attend this march in Nogales, Sonora, MX, and produced this video from our own footage. This is a follow-up to our Sept. 30 post and Action Alert. Please read that and take action.
SAYING NO TO ILLEGAL SEARCHES AND DETENTIONS
The Border Patrol believe they are THE LAW ABOVE AND BELOW so living near the border subjects one to regular harassment which we just come to accept as part of life like the sun rising and setting. Like a recent family vacation where an unmarked Border Patrol vehicle followed us for a half hour before finally pulling us over. The the poorly trained agent questioned us for about 15 minutes about our citizenship, where we had been and we going, how long we had spent at the lake, if we cross the border regularly, etc. When he ran out of questions he just walked away. Border Patrol agents have trouble standing down. He never said "Go ahead, have a nice day" at the end. He had no reason to pull us over. My wife even joked she almost felt sorry for him and nearly told him he could arrest her just so he would have something to show for his efforts.
BUT PEOPLE ARE FIGHTING BACK AND REFUSING THE BORDER PATROL'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL HARASSMENT. THE VIDEOS BELOW ARE GOING VIRAL.
This video shows the courageous efforts of Jill Lix, a 26-year-old resident of the Patagonia, AZ area, who refuses to be searched and detained in this video. The Border Patrol agents are clueless! A MUST VIEW!
Here's the article about Jill!
HERE'S ANOTHER POPULAR VIDEO (OVER A MILLION HITS) OF PEOPLE STANDING UP TO BORDER PATROL TACTICS AND ABUSE OF AUTHORITY.
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THE SPIRITUAL PILGRIMS OF SONORA, MEXICO
At this year's October fiestas in Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, I focused on filming those who walk to Magdalena as a spiritual commitment, including a large group of Tohono O'odham who walked for many days and nights.
HOW MEXICANS DEFEATED TEXAS AND GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH IN 1998
Finally years ago I was privileged to take part in a wonderful movement against a nuclear dump in Sierra Blanca, TX, which was promoted by the state of Texas and then governor George W. Bush. The dump's location near the Rio Grande led to a large binational movement with thousands of Mexicans taking part. I produced this video for the 15th anniversary of the dump's defeat which occurred on Oct. 22, 1998.