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This summer, a courageous group of migrants risked deportation in a cross-country trip asking police, leaders, and the public to work toward humanization—not “Arizonafication”—of national policy. This piece - written by Marisa Franco - was originally published in Yes Magazine.



The No Papers No Fear riders speak at an event New Orleans, La. Photo by No Papers No Fear – Ride for Justice.

Most of the buses that depart from the downtown Phoenix Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office toward the border between the United States and Mexico leave broken dreams and separated families in their wake. But this summer a different type of bus departed from that same city to promote a new ending to that story.

By boarding a bus and declaring their immigration status, riders were taking a significant risk to tell their story.

b-undocuDays before a bus filled with undocumented people and their allies was to take off from Phoenix, Arizona, one rider was interviewed by the New York Times. The reporter asked, “Last month when I interviewed you, you wouldn’t tell me your full name. Now you will. What changed?” The rider responded, “I am no longer afraid.”

48 hours later Letty Ramirez, Miguel Guerra, Natally Cruz, and Isela Meraz, stepped off the curb outside of Sheriff Arpaio’s racial profiling trial and into the street with a banner that said, “No Papers No Fear.”  They announced themselves as undocumented and unafraid of the Sheriff finally on trial.  The thing that had kept them at times house-bound, and most afraid was the thought of ending up inside Arpaio’s jail. Now, the four were entering willingly as part of an act of civil disobedience and the start of what would be a six week odyssey, the No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice that will soon come to an end at the Democratic National Convention In Charlotte after Labor Day weekend.

Published in B Loewe
Thursday, 16 August 2012 05:33

Fernando: Reclamar tu libertad

Fernando es un artista de Hip-hop, cocinero, y fotógrafo quien era detenido por un més en Arizona donde vive y organiza con el movimiento pro-migrante. Está participando en la jornada para enseñar los derechos y compartir las historias de él y de los en los centros de detención.

Fernando is a hip-hop, artist, cook, and photographer who was detained for a month in Arizona where he lives and organizes as part of the migrant rights movement. He's on the bus to make sure people know their rights and share his story as well as the story of those he met in detention.

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  • B. Loewe is an organizer and communicator taught well by his parents and brought into the movement by his sister when he was a teenager.  

    In recent years, B has served as NDLON's Communications Director, supported the Alto Arizona work against SB 1070 and Sheriff Arpaio, and participated in the organizing of the 2010 US Social Forum in Detroit.

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