As we close out the year, we honor and celebrate the incredible work done by hundreds of volunteers. Their efforts reach many thousands of migrants, refugees, and undocumented community members. Continue reading Our work this year—by the numbers
Last Monday night, more than 50 members of the No More Deaths community gathered in a church in Tucson. We came together to strategize on the impacts of the Trump administration’s plans to target the US undocumented community with mass deportations, to revoke DACA, and to increase border militarization. As always, we closed our meeting with a moment of silence, thinking of those who have lost their lives crossing the border. Continue reading A letter to our community and a call to action
The women’s sewing cooperative of DouglaPrieta Works (DPW) is the longest running and closest fair-trade sewing project in our region. The women of DPW make quality hand-sewn products and support a community center that teaches self-sufficiency and promotes food security in the community of Agua Prieta, Sonora. The women are agents for change in this post-colonized town, and the project demonstrates how our consumer choices can make radical differences in people’s lives, while countering the global capitalist paradigm that takes the means of production away from individuals—for everything from the clothes we wear to the food we eat. Continue reading Sewn together: Women’s cooperative in Mexico fills a niche in US market
It goes on. Operation Streamline is criminalization of migrants as a means to deter re-entry to the United States. Shackled migrants, as many as 75 a day, are rushed through federal court in Tucson, Arizona. The process sometimes happens in less than 30 minutes. After meeting with a government-contracted attorney, they are called to the bench seven to nine at a time. Migrants leave as criminals and are sent to a government-contracted private prison run with billions of taxpayer dollars. Continue reading The work of ending Operation Streamline
I had unexpected guests for breakfast in late April on our rural homestead west of Tucson, Arizona. Two Mexican men banged on the back door and held up their empty water bottles. I asked them in Spanish what they needed. “Agua (water),” they replied. Continue reading Humanitarian aid on one’s doorstep
The impacts of a changing climate seem increasingly difficult to ignore. In southern Arizona, we experienced record high temperatures this summer. The heat combines with entrenched border militarization and reckless enforcement tactics to create deadly conditions for migrants and refugees. Continue reading An interview with author Todd Miller on climate change and migration
In June, the two of us traveled to Brooks County, Texas as No More Deaths volunteers. We went to assist Eddie Canales and Ryan Stand of the South Texas Human Rights Center (STHRC) in their efforts to set up water stations in the region. South Texas has seen a huge increase in undocumented migration over the last five years. Continue reading NMD volunteers help South Texas aid grow
The Arizona Daily Star ran front-page articles on June 21 and 22 about hikers who died as a result of our extreme summer heat. Since then, the newspaper has published at least two more articles about heat-related deaths, along with warnings to hikers. Continue reading Media coverage of heat deaths ignores migrants
No More Deaths has launched its first ever online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for our vehicle expenses so we can keep our volunteers rolling year-round.
Our trucks are vital to getting water and aid to migrants and refugees in southern Arizona’s backcountry. We hope to raise $47,842—the real annual cost of maintaining our trucks—by May 1.
The campaign features a great video with a star appearance by long-term volunteer Jim Marx and a soundtrack by Vox Urbana. We are offering T-shirts, posters, and other “perks” for your contribution. All donations go directly to No More Deaths. Continue reading NMD launches campaign to maintain its desert trucks
Lawyers have asked a federal judge for immediate relief from “unconstitutional conditions of confinement” at Border Patrol stations in the Tucson Sector, said James Lyall, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona. Continue reading Judge to decide if Border Patrol must improve conditions