This clip illustrates the perilous journey people face in the Sonoran Desert when they are migrating through it and the work the Colibrí Center for Human Rights does.
Interviewed by TWiB!’s Elon James White, this is Robin Reineke, the Executive Director of the Center, sharing Marco’s story.
More than 6,000 people have lost their lives crossing the U.S.-Mexico border since 1998, and there are more than 900 unidentified bodies in Pima County alone. These lives lost are those of children, parents and loved ones—many fleeing violence at home and seeking to reunite with their families.
During Netroots Nation, a group of artists from the JustSeeds Artist Co-operative
will paint a mural in Phoenix in support of the work done by the Colibrí Center for Human Rights
, which assists families in their search for missing loved ones and brings closure to the families suffering a devastating loss.
Artists Mata Ruda
, Jess X. Chen
and Thea Gahr
have designed beautiful murals featuring colibrí
(the Spanish word for hummingbird), an indigenous symbol for safe passing. They soar as messengers between life and death, and their hundreds of species have been found migrating across the US/Mexico border for thousands of years similarly to how thousands of humans have migrated. Justseeds paints hummingbirds to honor the undefeatable spirits of the migrants who lost their lives during the journey.
Please consider giving to help us leave a mural in Phoenix to honor lives lost.
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