Spring appeal

Dear friends of No More Deaths,

With the spring equinox (March 21), we celebrate equal amounts of day and night over the earth. In native cultures, the triumph of the sun over winter means life held in the earth reappears and is renewed.

Student volunteers from United World College in New Mexico rest after hiking in an area where migrants try to cross the desert near Arivaca. The group participated in the first week of No More Deaths’s spring-break program. The spring volunteer program was three weeks long, March 5 to 26, and participants stayed for one week each. We had 17 volunteers for week 1, 20 for week 2, and 21 for week 3. Volunteers were based out of Byrd Camp in Arivaca and in Ajo. As spring break wraps up, the year-round volunteer program continues to provide humanitarian aid. Photo: Tara Trudell.
Student volunteers from United World College in New Mexico rest after hiking in an area where migrants try to cross the desert near Arivaca. The group participated in the first week of No More Deaths’s spring-break program. The spring volunteer program was three weeks long, March 5 to 26, and participants stayed for one week each. We had 17 volunteers for week 1, 20 for week 2, and 21 for week 3. Volunteers were based out of Byrd Camp in Arivaca and in Ajo. As spring break wraps up, the year-round volunteer program continues to provide humanitarian aid. Photo: Tara Trudell.

Spring for No More Deaths is a season of renewal and recommitment to our work. During March, in our hands-on alternative-spring-break program, students from all over the country come and volunteer in the desert. Their experiences, like seeds planted in the earth, are transformative. To see and experience firsthand the “systemic human grinder” that is our border policy and to see what our migrant brothers and sisters go through is, for many, life-changing. They return to their schools and communities with a commitment that only experience can inform, to work for justice and change.

The students come to understand, especially now as anti-immigrant/migrant sentiment permeates our society, how important it is to participate in justice work and to stand in solidarity with people who are victimized by our oppressive and deadly institutional practices.

Continue reading newsletter: Why do people disappear in the desert?
Continue reading newsletter: Why do people disappear in the desert?

Thank you to our spring volunteers and to all long-term No More Deaths volunteers who keep the work going year-round. On behalf of our migrant brothers and sisters, thank you, our financial contributors, for your continuing support.

In solidarity,

The No More Deaths community

You can make a secure online donation through Network for Good or donate by mail. No More Deaths gratefully accepts stocks, bonds, endowed gifts, and bequests. For more information, contact the fundraising team.

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