Firstly, we want to acknowledge that we are standing on occupied land of the Tohono O’odham people. Let us not forget the illegality of the United States of America on indigenous territory and the way the US has ravaged Central America, forcing diaspora. Furthermore, this government has considered slavery and genocide as legal for hundreds of years.
We may have been found guilty but the real crime is the government’s deliberate policy to use “death as a deterrent” at the US/Mexico border. The criminalization of those acting in solidarity is a classic example of the ramping up of an authoritarian regime.
The humanitarian work that has ultimately brought us here today will continue to address the border crisis until there are no more deaths.
We refuse to stand by and watch silently as the United States becomes more and more deeply authoritarian. This is something that affects and should concern us all.
The four of us want to thank everyone in our families and communities here and across the world for their unbelievably wonderful support and solidarity. We also want to thank our team of lawyers and those of you here today who are prioritizing telling this story.
We stand in solidarity with all our friends and comrades in Charlottesville who went into the streets to take a stand against white supremacy. We oppose white nationalism and racism in all of its manifestations and extend our love to all those who are the daily victims of white supremacy, as well as those who confronted the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville at great personal risk and at a great cost. Heather Heyer presente! We will continue our resistance in her memory.
Love and rage from the borderlands,
No More Deaths/No Más Muertes
No More Deaths has not stopped any of our humanitarian-aid efforts. A recent news report stated that we have closed our aid station in Arivaca, Arizona and that those in need are being turned away. This is false: the aid station is open and volunteers continue to give care to anyone seeking help. To support our continued presence, please sign the petition to the Border Patrol. Continue reading The status of our work in the desert
On February 20, 2015, the men imprisoned in the Willacy County Correctional Center in Raymondville, Texas, took it over en masse and destroyed it. This was the most recent in a string of uprisings that have taken place since the government began incarcerating immigrants on a mass scale for “improper entry” and other minor offenses: Continue reading After Raymondville: A call to support incarcerated immigrants in resistance
No More Deaths is one of eighteen signatories of this statement.
Recently, the US Senate failed to pass a border security appropriations bill, while the House of Representatives adjourned for August without responding in a viable way to the Obama administration’s request for emergency funding to address the issue of child refugees fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.
As border communities in Arizona who’ve witnessed the most damaging effects of twenty years of militarization and security-first approaches to immigration policy, it was both alarming and unconscionable Continue reading Statement of Arizona border communities on the Central America refugee crisis
No More Deaths is an organization that believes that when governments fail to uphold fundamental human rights, it is the responsibility of people of conscience to work openly and in community to do so, through non-violent, direct intervention. Despite internal debates we’ve long held that commentary on the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands was best left to other organizations. But given the urgency of the present moment we’ve reached a collective decision that we can—and should—no longer remain silent. Continue reading Statement on Gaza