What a wonderful event. On October 18, Luis Alberto Urrea, critically acclaimed author of The Devil’s Highway and sixteen other books, took the stage in Tucson to raise funds for No More Deaths. Tucson journalist Ernesto Portillo Jr. led the conversation with Luis about his writing process and his stories. And what a storyteller Luis is. He and Ernesto made us laugh while discussing the serious issue of immigrants traveling through the desert. Continue reading Fundraiser featuring Luis Alberto Urrea a big hit
For nine volunteers facing misdemeanor charges for humanitarian-aid work on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, trials will wait until next year. Continue reading Trial date set for the Cabeza Prieta Nine
No More Deaths invites applications for the following paid position. Continue reading Position available: law-office administrator
Join us on our first day of door-knocking! To get out our message that Humanitarian Aid Is Never A Crime, we’re aiming to put out 25,000 yard signs around the county before trials start in January.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH
8 AM – 11 AM
4202 E KINGS ROAD
Come help us paint a mural along a major thoroughfare in Tucson!
As the trials of our volunteers draw closer, we’re amping up our outreach efforts and making sure that everybody in Tucson knows that HUMANITARIAN AID IS NEVER A CRIME! This mural painting launches our fall lawn sign campaign, which will allow Tucsonians to proudly show their solidarity with No More Deaths and to demand that the government cease the criminalization of aid workers. Come pick up a sign for your yard, learn how you can get involved and help us paint by number!
Snacks, brushes and cold beverages provided. Wear clothes you can get dirty.
Accessibility info: this mural will be painted on a wall along the north side of Broadway between Alvernon and Columbus. We will be working on the sidewalk in little-to-no shade. There will be no bathroom access. Broadway is a busy street with medium to heavy traffic.
Luis Alberto Urrea, critically acclaimed author of The Devil’s Highway and sixteen other books, is a Tucson favorite son. Widely thought of as a “border writer” because of his cross-cultural experience and focus, Urrea says he is “more interested in bridges than borders.” The event’s dialogue will be moderated by Ernesto Portillo Jr., editor of La Estrella de Tucsón and columnist for the Arizona Daily Star. A limited number of tickets are available. Continue reading An evening with Luis Alberto Urrea: a benefit for No More Deaths
As the crisis of death and disappearance continues in the Southwest borderlands, pressure is building on federal officials to drop all charges against humanitarian-aid workers providing lifesaving assistance to people walking through the remote Sonoran Desert. In June, lawyers from across the country filed a brief in the case of United States v. Scott Warren in support of the argument that the actions for which Scott is being prosecuted constitute such a deep and enduring part of his moral compass that the government is violating his religious freedom by pressing charges. Continue reading Pressure mounts to drop charges against humanitarian-aid workers
Approximately 60 advocates and faith leaders from across the United States are joining No More Deaths in Ajo, Arizona on Sunday, August 5 to call attention to the criminalization of humanitarian aid and the crisis of death and disappearance in the west desert (which stretches between Ajo and the Mexico–US border). These faith leaders are coming to stand in solidarity with humanitarian-aid workers and local residents who assert their right to provide humanitarian aid in the borderlands. Continue reading Faith floods the desert: interfaith leaders unite to assert that humanitarian aid is a moral imperative
Despite the increased criminalization of humanitarian-aid work we’ve witnessed over the past year, No More Deaths continues to provide lifesaving aid in the borderlands of southern Arizona. Our summer volunteer program trains a new group of volunteers each week and helps maintain a consistent humanitarian presence in the Sonoran Desert during the hottest months of the year. Continue reading Update from the summer volunteer program
Attorney Margo Cowan—one of the founders of No More Deaths, pro bono attorney for the organization, and founder of the Keep Tucson Together legal clinics—was recognized in June at the annual conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Margo was given the Arizona Chapter Pro Bono Champion Award, honoring her years of pro bono service. Thank you, Margo, for your tireless work and dedication on behalf of the most vulnerable in our border community. Continue reading Two volunteers recognized by national and international organizations